Workshop: The Write Place – Location, Inspiration


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Whitestone weekend workshop with Ola Animashawun and Nadine Khadr Renton for Euphoric Ink

This workshop is suitable for beginner playwrights or more experienced writers looking for inspiration and alternative ways to get started. It can be seen as part of personal or professional development.

We all have a novel or a play or a film inside us struggling to get out, yet few of us ever get around to starting work on it. That’s where Euphoric Ink and their writing courses can help you to take the first steps: Allan McLaughlin, Journalist and former course participant

THE WRITE PLACE celebrates the impact of location on creativity, kick-starting the weekend with practical writing exercises that draw inspiration from the beautiful setting of Whitestone Farm. Enjoying the luxury of time and space, you will be encouraged to take an holistic approach to your writing, by ruling everything in – seeking inspiration from your own personal experience, your current surroundings, your thoughts and feelings, and your observations of the everyday and the unique – to create characters and to explore where and how to start writing a play.

Understanding the tools that good playwrights use is an essential part of the creative process: What is dramatic action? What makes a scene? How does structure make or break your story? Through a rich blend of fun, accessible, and practical exercises, games, analysis and discussion, you will learn what you need to know about the craft of playwriting and how to apply it to your play so that what is written on the page transfers to the stage.

Ola Animashawun has over 25 years of experience of working in theatre, with 15 years specialist experience in the field of playwriting workshops and script development. He is an Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre where he founded and directed the famous Young Writers Programme for 10 years, and where he currently leads two of the introductory writing courses offered by the Royal Court Studio, alongside playwriting programmes in BrightonBirmingham and Coventry. As Euphoric Ink’s Creative Director, Ola delivers an ongoing programme of taster sessions, weekend workshops and bespoke courses across the UK, also working with individual writers via one-to-one tutorials and script development sessions.

Nadine Khadr Renton has 10 years of experience of working in theatre and the arts as a project manager, producer, facilitator, script reader and performer. Previously based in Leeds programming shows and workshops at The Carriageworks Theatre, she now works closely with Graeae Theatre Company, and has also worked with the National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre since moving to London. As a writer, Nadine has been supported by the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Soho Theatre. She currently manages Euphoric Ink’s script reading and development consultancy, taster sessions, weekend workshops and bespoke courses.

Euphoric Ink aims to inspire, coach and develop anyone who wants to write; to make the experience fun and to keep things simple, practical and accessible.

[This workshop took place in 2012]