Approximately how many hours will it take to work through each module – course materials and assignments?

The course is designed to be completed at your own pace. Clearly one of the key features of each module is that we're asking you to give the exercises proper consideration so that they are not completed without extensive thought and planning.


Will you give feedback on my work?

Receiving constructive feedback from the tutors is one of the benefits of choosing to join the course at the interactive level. At the end of each module you will be asked to complete a bridging exercise and submit it for comment. Gez and Jeremy will respond to the work and unlock the next module. At the end of the course you will also be given the opportunity to send in a script; an experienced reader will write a full report offering comments and advice on your work.

If you have opted for solo membership you will not receive feedback on the exercises and all the modules will be available as soon as you sign up.


Can we network with other students?

Yes, there is an online forum where you can discuss your work with the other people taking the course.


Is all contact with students and tutors to be electronic only?

The students currently signed up on the course are spread across the globe; at the moment the only way to contact both them, and the tutors, is electronically. This may change in the future.


What are the entry requirements? How will I know if I'm good enough to take the course – do I have to submit any of my work to you before I can join the course?

Writing for the stage is different from any other form of creative writing. Beaplaywright.com is aimed at people who want to learn, or improve, their skills in this area.

An interest and knowledge of theatre is therefore a pre-requisite. There are however, no entry requirements and students do not need to submit anything before joining the course. All that is needed is an enthusiasm to learn.


Is the course attached to any university or college qualification or calibrated at a particular academic level?

The course is stand alone and not attached to any academic institution, it is however closely linked to Live Theatre; a producing theatre company with over 30 years experience of working with writers.


What are the key expectations – what do you expect students to achieve and what can I expect to gain?

As we explain during the course, we expect students to take themselves seriously as potential playwrights. This will involve reading and seeing as many plays as possible on the way to improving the standard of your own work. By the end of the course you will have written the first draft of a play. If you have joined the course as an interactive student you will also receive a set of notes and observations to help carry your work forward.


What happens if I get ill or completion of a module is delayed? Do I carry on with the group I enrolled with? Can I defer completion?

Students enrol on their own, not as part of a group, so can progress through the course as quickly or slowly as their situation allows. Enrolment takes place at any time throughout the year.


Are all materials included in the course fee or will I have to buy books/scripts as well?

There are a number of playtexts which are referred to during the modules. Students would find it helpful to have their own copies. There are links provided that will enable students to buy copies of the texts.

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