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Mentoring - How to Apply

Application deadline: Monday 16 September 2019

Am I eligible for the Mentoring Programme?

To be eligible to apply for the Mentoring Programme, you will meet the following criteria:

  • You are an aspiring or emerging playwright living anywhere in Scotland, or from Scotland and living elsewhere
  • You have a specific idea you want to develop into a full-length play 
  • You are available from mid-December for eight months to work on your script regularly. This includes monthly two-hour mentoring sessions
  • You are available on Wednesday 4 December 2019  for the Playwriting Programme Induction Day. If you are unable to make this date, please contact us via info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk before making your application
  • You are available on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 July 2020 for the readthrough and public sharing
  • You are not a student in full-time formal education (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

Is the Mentoring Programme right for me?

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

  • Very little, if any, playwriting experience. For example, you have yet to write your first full-length play
  • You might have had rehearsed readings of your work or worked with others to improve your skills
  • You might have experience in other areas of creative writing. For example, prose, poetry or spoken word

Playwrights' Studio is open to all playwrights and works across Scotland. Therefore, we welcome applications from those living outside of the Central Belt.

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 underrepresented, 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 Additional Support Needs (including people with a physical disability, learning disability or mental health condition.)

How does the selection process work for the Mentoring Programme?

In making its selection the panel considers:

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

A limited number of places are available each year and we receive many more applications than we are able to support. The selection panel is for 2019/20 is Lewis Hetherington
Adura OnashileStef Smith and chaired by  Fiona Sturgeon Shea, Creative Director, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland.

Playwrights writing in Gaelic or Scots can submit their full application in Gaelic or Scots.

How do I apply?

Before you start your application please read the Frequently Asked Questions and the Application Form Guide.

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 via 0141 332 4403 or at info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk

If you are unable to use Submittable, you can:

  • Email your submission to info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk
  • Post your application to: Mentoring Programme, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

If applying by email or post you will need to include an Equalities Monitoring Form.

If you require the application form in a different format or require assistance completing the form, please get in touch with us on 0141 332 4403 or at info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk.

We can post you a hard copy of the application form with a stamped addressed envelope if that is helpful.

If you have any questions at all regarding the application process, please feel free to contact us on 0141 332 4403 or at info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk. We are happy to help.

What do I to need include in my application?

Before you start your application please read the Frequently Asked Questions and the Application Form Guide.

As part of your application you will need to provide

  • Contact details (including name, address and mobile number)
  • A supporting statement explaining why you would like to be mentored
  • A statement on your commitment to developing your playwriting skills and experience
  • Your idea for the play you wish to work on as part of the Mentoring Programme
  • A 100 word summary of your play idea
  • Two five-page samples of your writing
  • Synposes for each sample (50 words)
  • A brief biography detailing your writing experience to date
  • Whether you would like to write in English, Gaelic or Scots
  • Confirmation you are available on Wednesday 4 December 2019 for the Playwriting Programme Induction Day. If you are unable to make this date, please contact us via info@playwrightsstudio.co.uk before making your application
  • Confirmation you are available on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 July 2020 for the readthrough and sharing
  • Whether you would like to receive feedback on your application if you are shortlisted

Deadline: 5pmMonday 16 September 2019

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission no later than Wednesday 20 November 2019.

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