Playwright Mentoring Programme

Now in its eighteenth year, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland is delighted to offer six playwrights support through the Playwright Mentoring Programme. This support is for playwrights who have not yet had a professional production and are keen to learn more about their craft. It is a professional development opportunity for playwrights to build their playwriting skills and writing community, working towards completing a draft of a new play.

The Playwright Mentoring Programme follows an eight month structure which includes one-to-one playwright mentoring sessions, financial support, skills sessions, and opportunities to widen your creative community.


Playwright Mentoring Sessions
Six one-to-one playwright mentoring sessions with an established professional playwright, who will support you from initial idea to the first draft of a new, full-length play. This support gives you the space and time to experiment with your writing and grow in confidence as a playwright.

Financial Support
To cover seven days of your time in contact with your mentor and with Playwrights' Studio, we will pay you a rate of £150 per day. The total amount you will receive is £1,050.

Skills Sessions
The skills sessions are group activities available to you as a playwright currently being supported by Playwrights' Studio. They are designed to enhance your skills and knowledge of the theatre industry, give you the opportunity to ask questions and think about the other sides of being a playwright that don't necessarily involve writing. These often take the form of workshops, Q&A's and panel discussions.

Playwrights' Studio will create space for you to make connections with your peers within the industry. This includes the Playwright Induction Day, a group visit to the theatre, invitations to meet other practitioners in Scottish theatre and social events with other playwrights.

Key dates

You will be able to set specific dates with your mentor for individual sessions monthly between January and June. Below is a rough timeline of group activity.

14 January   Playwright Induction Day
18 February   Skills session 1
18 March   Skills session 2
22 April   Skills session 3
Aug/Sept   Skills session 4


To be eligible to apply for a Playwright Mentoring Programme, you should:

  • Have some experience of creative writing
  • Not yet have had a full professional production
  • Have a specific idea you want to develop into a full-length play
  • Be able to commit to an eight-month intense programme

You should also:

  • Be resident in Scotland or from Scotland and living elsewhere
  • Be available on 14 January 2022 for the Playwright Induction Day

We are unable to accept applications from playwrights who:

  • Are in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week) at the start of the Playwright Mentoring Programme. If you are in part-time education, please contact us to discuss your options
  • Have directly received support from Playwrights' Studio in the previous 18 months (this doesn't include attending workshops or groups run by us)

If you are in any doubt regarding your eligibility, please contact us at

Access & Equality

See our full statement on access and equality


Here are a few things you may want to think about before you proceed with your application:

  • We don't think of this work as teaching but supporting you to grow your writing skills. For this reason, some experience of creative writing is essential.
  • If you have recently been through a similar development process with a play, you may not be prioritised in the selection process. This might include undertaking a Masters or other mentoring programme where you were supported to write a full play. In this case, you may be interested in the Play Development Bursary.
  • Your mentor will support you from the initial idea through to the first draft of a full-length play. For this reason, you should only apply if the idea you're proposing hasn't already been written.

Please submit using the Playwright Mentoring Application form. You can either submit a written application, or a video application. We accept submissions in English, Scots, Gaelic or BSL.

Before you submit your application, you may find it helpful to use the practice application form & guide (Word) (PDF), to help you draft your submission.

If you are unable to submit online and would like the application form in a different format, or have any questions at all regarding the application process, please email

Applications deadline: 5pm, Monday 25 October 2021.


What happens next?

You will receive an email from Jotform confirming the submission of your application. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission no later than Friday 10 December 2021.


Please read the Frequently Asked Questions. If your question is not answered, please email and we will be happy to help.

A message about COVID-19 

There will inevitably be some changes to how we deliver our Playwright Development Support now and in the future. We will be flexible to the needs of playwrights and other artists involved, within Government guidelines and our own resources.

Financial Support
Payment will occur in two parts, one at the start of the programme and one at the end of the programme.

"I feel like this opportunity gave me the space and guidance not only to explore my craft, but figure out how I can work as a playwright in all its aspects. So not only did the programme help me become a better writer in my writing, but also in terms of networking, organisation and working collaboratively."

Previous mentored playwright

This year's mentored playwrights:

Playwright Mentoring Programme

Bea is a Glasgow based actress, theatre-maker and aspiring playwright. She graduated with BA Performance in British Sign Language and English from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
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Playwright Mentoring Programme

Catriona is a playwright who spent her formative years abroad and currently resides in St Andrews.
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Playwright Mentoring Programme

Ellen Ritchie is a Playwright from Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. She was on the 2019/20 MLitt Playwriting and Dramaturgy programme at the university of Glasgow.
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Playwright Mentoring Programme

Vivien Reid trained as an actor at the Drama Centre in London. Her debut play, The Waiting Room, is in development.
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Playwright Mentoring Programme

Katy is an Edinburgh based writer. Her plays Staright Outta Saughton, Then I Met You and Fingers explore gender and sexuality.
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Playwright Mentoring Programme

Andrea is a writer, performer and director from Edinburgh. She studied acting and playwriting at Edinburgh’s Telford College and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
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Joanne Gallagher is a playwright and actor from Linwood.
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Leah is a young Indian-Irish playwright raised in South Wales, with a first-class BA English Literature (Bristol) and more recently an MSc Playwriting at the University of Edinburgh.
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