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Mentoring - How to Apply

Applications are now closed and will reopen in the summer 2019

Am I eligible for the Mentoring Programme?

  • You are an aspiring or emerging playwright living in Scotland, or from Scotland and living elsewhere
  • You have a particular idea you want to develop into a full length play through mentoring 
  • You will be available from mid-December for eight months to work on your script regularly during monthly meetings 
  • You will be available on Wednesday 12 December 2018 for the programme induction and Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 July 2019 for the readthrough and public sharing
  • You are not a student in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week) at the start of the Mentoring Programme. Applications may be considered from individuals who are undertaking a part-time course of study. However, this will depend on how it relates to your course

Is the Mentoring Programme right for me?

Mentoring is geared towards aspiring and emerging playwrights who might have one or more of the following:

  • Very little, if any, playwriting experience
  • Some experience of developing your work in a workshop environment, through rehearsed readings or working with others to improve your skills
  • Experience in other areas of creative writing

Playwrights' Studio is open to all playwrights and works right across Scotland.  We believe diversity is essential to a thriving cultural sector and we aim to work actively with writers from a range of different backgrounds.

As they are currently under-represented, we strive to increase applications and representation within our programmes from playwrights:

  • writing in Gaelic or Scots
  • based outside the central belt of Scotland
  • from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • with disabilities

How does the selection process work for the Mentoring Programme?

A limited number of places are available each year and we receive many more applications than we are able to support. The panel will be chaired by Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director, and will comprise the three mentors. This year's mentors will be  Associate Playwrights Oliver Emanuel, Lewis Hetherington and  playwright  Morna Pearson. In making its selection, the panel considers the following criteria:  

  • The originality and potential of your idea and your voice
  • Your commitment to developing your playwriting skills and experience
  • How Mentoring will contribute to the development of your writing
  • The most appropriate 'fit' with our mentors, and how they can best support you in developing your play, your skills and your experience 

Playwrights writing in Gaelic may submit their full application in Gaelic.

How do I apply?

We use the submissions management system Submittable to streamline our application process. If you have any difficulties using Submittable, please get in touch with us on 0141 332 4403 or at If you are unable to use Submittable, you can post your application to:
Mentoring, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD. If applying by post you will need to include an Equalities Monitoring Form.

You will need to provide:

  • Contact details (including name, address and mobile number)
  • A supporting statement explaining:
    - your play idea 
    - why you would like to be mentored 
    - your commitment to developing your playwriting skills and experience
  • Two samples of your writing. Either:
    - Two five-page extracts from stage plays, or;
    - One five-page extract from a stage play and one five-page extract of writing in any genre
  • Synopses of the work your extracts are from (approximately 50 words per extract)
  • A brief biography detailing your writing experience to date
  • Whether you would like to write in English, Gaelic or Scots
  • Confirmation that you are available on Wednesday 12 December 2018 and  Tuesday  9 and Wednesday  10 July 2019.  

You will receive an email confirming the submission of your application.

Deadline: Applications are now closed.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission no later than Wednesday 28 November 2018.


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