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Frequently Asked Questions

I have previously applied for a Playwriting Programme but was not selected. Does this mean that my writing isn't what you're looking for? 

If you have applied before and still feel that the Programme is an opportunity you would benefit from, please apply again and tell us how your writing and your career is progressing.  

Playwrights' Studio is an artistically independent development organisation, so we are not looking for a particular style of play or type of writing. We welcome as many different ideas, stories and voices as possible. 

Selection is made by considering a range of criteria, not just your writing. It is important that recipients get the best possible experience from the Programme. So please tell us as much as you can about your writing experience and how this opportunity will help you improve your craft and assist in your professional development.

"Don't be put off by rejection because I think I applied twice before and didn't get selected. I've heard that from a lot of people. It's a process of applying and reapplying. Don't be discouraged if you don't get it first time"Maryam Hamidi


Can I apply for more than one Playwriting Programme in the same year?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications for more than one Programme from the same applicant. Our Programmes offer different development opportunities to playwrights at different career stages. If you are unsure which to apply for, read the criteria carefully. Be clear about your objectives and what you hope to achieve. This should help you decide which Programme is most appropriate for your needs. If you are still unclear, please feel free to contact us via info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk or call us on 0141 334 4403.

Will you pay travel or other expenses?

We are committed to ensuring that no playwright who takes part in our Programme is financially disadvantaged as a result - or that those based outside of the central belt of Scotland feel put off from applying because of financial concerns. 

We will always pay out-of-pocket travel expenses to those attending sessions requested by Playwrights' Studio.

We are a small arts organisation with limited resources. Occasionally we will need to make alternative arrangements such as video conferencing or telephone mentoring to avoid lengthy journeys. Equally, we are committed to reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment. Therefore, we actively encourage anyone attending meetings, workshops or other events organised by the organisation to use public transport whenever possible.

We will discuss this with you in advance to ensure that you are in no way placed in an unfavourable position due to your physical location.

Should you have any queries or issues regarding other expenses, we will be happy to discuss these with you and offer advice where possible. Please contact us via info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk or call us on 0141 334 4403.

Can you provide additional support to allow me to take part in your Programmes?

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland work closely with all playwrights selected for our Programmes to ensure that their specific needs are met. For example, this could be provision of BSL interpreters at mentoring sessions, childcare costs or simply documents printed in a different format. Please to contact us via info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk or call us on 0141 334 4403 do discuss what we can do to support you through the Programme.

Do I need to have qualifications to apply?

You do not need to have any qualifications to apply for any of our Programmes.

If I am not selected, will you provide feedback on my application?

Because of the high volume of applications we receive every year, we are unable to provide feedback on every application. 

We offer feedback to applicants who are shortlisted for the Mentoring Programme, New Playwrights Awards and Gaelic Playwriting Programme. When applying, you will be asked to indicate if you wish to receive feedback.

Feedback is not offered on your writing samples.This is because we provide a number of opportunities to receive feedback on your plays during the year. This includes the National Script Reading Service, and Script Surgeries. Sign up to our e-news for information about these services and any other opportunities for feedback. 

Mentoring Programme, New Playwrights Awards and Gaelic Playwriting Award


What should I include in my writing samples?

The writing samples help to give the selection panel a flavour of your writing. The idea that you want to work on may not be written yet so we do not expect it to be one of your samples. However, if you have begun to write a script based on your idea, you are welcome to submit an extract from it. 

Who will provide dramaturgical support?

Dramaturgical support will be provided by one of our Associate Playwrights or an external freelance theatre professional. If you are selected for a New Playwrights Award or the Gaelic Playwriting Award, we will meet with you during the Playwriting Programme Induction Day and help you prioritise your needs.

Professional Workshop Programme

Can I include a rehearsed reading for a public audience in my proposal?

Of course. Rehearsed readings can be a useful way to gain feedback from an audience as part of the script development process.  Playwrights' Studio are happy to arrange a reading as part of your project but we would ask that you think very carefully about the purpose of a reading. The following are some prompts that might aid your thinking: 

  • How does a reading fit with your objectives to develop the play?   
  • Are there specific problems with your play that you are hoping to resolve through a reading?
  • Are you happy for part of your workshop time to be spent working towards a reading rather than on development of the script itself?
  • What is the role of the audience and will you require a facilitated post-reading discussion?

I would like to invite an industry audience to a sharing of work as part of my project. Is this possible?

Yes. We have an industry invite list so would be happy to work with you to invite industry colleagues. Again, we would ask you to think carefully about your objectives and if your work is ready to be shared.

I have never put together an outline of costs before. How do I do this?

We do not require a detailed budget from you. However, we do need to know how you would allocate the money should your application be successful. Things to consider when putting together your outline: your daily fee as the writer attending your own workshops, travel for other artists, venue hire and childcare costs.

Playwrights' Studio pays recommended industry rates for everyone involved. If you are applying for a project and need to discuss this in advance, please contact Emma McKee, General Manager, at emma@playwrightsstudio.co.uk in advance of submitting your application and she will be able to confirm these rates with you. Playwrights' Studio will contract everyone involved in the project and pay them directly.

I don't have any other artists involved at this stage. Will this affect my application?

This will not affect your application. Playwrights' Studio has a number of contacts for directors and actors experienced in working with new writing.

We have also developed relationships with a number of organisations and networks which we will be able to call on to help identify collaborative partners. These include:

The Envelope Room (design)

Curious Seed and The Work Room (dance)

The Fence and Fabulamundi (European playwriting partnerships)

New Play Network and New Play Exchange and The Playwrights Center (USA)

Playwrights Guild of Canada (and the network of Canadian playwright development centers)

Articulation (outdoor arts)

The Scottish Games Network, Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow (games)

Puppet Animation Festival

Theatre Directors Scotland

Dramaturg's Network

The timescale for my activity has changed since I submitted my application. What should I do?

As a small busy arts organisation, it is beneficial if activity is spread throughout the year, so please don't feel pressure to schedule your activity immediately if a date later in the year would be better for you. If the timescale for your activity changes, please contact Emma McKee, General Manager, at emma@playwrightsstudio.co.uk as soon as possible to discuss this further.


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