I have been giving creative writing workshops at respected educational institutions for the past 7 years, including the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, the Nottingham Playhouse theatre and The Actors Workshop Nottingham. I also provide writing workshops for corporate team building events and writers retreats.
The aim of each workshop is to be fun, engaging, educational and collaborative; involving thrilling creative problem solving techniques as a group and individually.Here are the different types of writing workshops I provide:
Creative writing workshops for schools
By bringing in an external creative writing workshop practitioner, schools can tap into a wealth of knowledge and experience to help their students develop their creative writing skills. Not only do students benefit from the expertise of an experienced writer, but also the opportunity to work in a different environment with new people.
Bringing in a creative writing workshop practitioner can also help students to feel more connected with the wider creative writing community and gain insight into the world of professional writing. An external creative writing workshop practitioner can also provide a fresh perspective that can help students to think outside the box and find new ways to express themselves.
I provide workshops tailored for KS2 creative writing students as well as for KS3 and beyond.
Screenwriting workshops for film students and creative writing students
University students studying creative writing can benefit immensely from a professional screenwriter giving a screenwriting workshop. The experience of having a professional screenwriter give a hands-on workshop is invaluable in helping students hone their craft and build their confidence in their writing. The workshop also allows students to gain insight into the world of screenwriting and learn the craft from an experienced professional.
Through the workshop, students can explore the fundamentals of storytelling, develop their own style, and gain insight into the process of creating a script from start to finish. With the guidance of a professional screenwriter, students can learn the elements of good storytelling, how to structure a story, how to use dialogue effectively, and how to craft a compelling narrative. Overall, the workshop provides students with the tools and knowledge to become successful screenwriters.
Play writing workshops
Writing can be a great way to express yourself and your creativity, but for many, the prospect of creating a play can be daunting. Public play writing workshops are an excellent way for individuals to explore their writing talents and have an impact on their local community. These workshops bring people together to create something meaningful and foster an appreciation for the written word.
Writing workshops for corporate team building
Creative problem solving as a team can strengthen collaboration, build stronger working relationships, and help participants discover new ways of working together. Put simply, it can help a team come up with new ideas, and a new way of thinking, that will put them one step ahead of your competitors.
Here are my reviews. I currently give screenwriting and script analysis writing workshops at the following institutions. Please see below for details of the different workshops I can provide.
- Nottingham Playhouse
- University of Nottingham
- Nottingham Trent University
- Colleges and schools (key stage 1-5)
- Drama academies
- Youth theatre groups
- Writers retreats
- Corporate team building events
Here are the topics I cover regularly:
- Screenwriting Basics
- Advanced screenwriting
- Play reading / script analysis
- Be your own script doctor
- Pitch masterclass
- Write a play in a day
- Write a play in 10 weeks
- Write a film in 10 weeks
- Creating compelling characters
- Structuring your screenplay / theatre play
- Writing realistic dialogue
- Setting, pace, and worldbuilding
- Troubleshooting plot holes
- Raising the stakes
- Getting your script ready for production
I can add value to your English or drama department, and help give your students a fresh approach to screenwriting / scripts. For an informal chat about how I can tailor a workshop to suit your specific requirements, please get in touch. Sarabodinar@gmail.com
I also provide one to one mentoring for individual writers (screenwriters, playwrights, and novelists) Get in touch if you’d like to take your script, book, or short story to the next level.