Autumn 2015 - this course has now passed.

This course introduces the fundamentals of writing for live performance through examples, discussion and practical exercises. Participants create and develop an idea for a play and submit finished scenes for critical feedback. In an exciting development, 2nd Year acting students from the Gaiety School of Acting join the workshops this term to perform and demonstrate the developing work.

Michelle Read is a Dublin-based playwright and dramaturg. Her production awards include the Hugh Leonard Bursary and the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award, the Stewart Parker/BBC Northern Ireland Drama Award and a Fringe First. She holds a Master’s Degree in Dramaturgy and has taught creative and dramatic writing for several organisations including the Gaiety School of Acting and Big Smoke Writing Factory. 

Starts: Tues 22 September
Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Duration: 10 weeks  (No class: 27 Oct)
Cost: €280/€260 Members

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Praise for Michelle Read's previous courses at the Irish Writers Centre:

'The course was clear, instructive, motivating and highly enjoyable. After feeling stuck for a long time with my writing, I have come away with lots of ideas and enthusiasm and a good grasp of the fundamentals of playwriting.'

— Allison McKay, Intro To Playwriting, Autumn 2014

'I unreservedly recommend this course – it’s both challenging and enjoyable, raising your game as it embeds the fundamentals of playwriting.'

— Pat Nolan, Intro To Playwriting, Autumn 2014

‘I think Michelle's course was a marvellous innovation in the way it focused beyond the whole "how to write" format and moved on a stage to actually getting work produced. She brought in a director to meet us and introduced us to the most up to date writers and directors operating in Irish theatre today. Brilliant course.’

— Anita Morris (Spring 2015)

"Michelle Read is a fantastic teacher. Fantastic course."

"I enjoyed workshopping my play idea under Michelle Read, having previously taken her introduction to playwriting class. I generally find her to be an excellent tutor, passionate about her subject and constructive in her feedback."

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