We believe in writers helping each other (and this way of thinking inspired us to set up London Playwrights’ Blog back in 2013!). However, after, running the Blog on a sharing economy model for nearly five years, we knew we needed to be able to cover our core costs, such as accounting and insurance fees. And, in order to grow and do more for writers, we needed a bigger and more stable infrastructure. That’s where our membership scheme was born...
Support us to support you!
We’re asking you – our readers, our community, and compatriots – to help us sustain and grow our activity by becoming a member of London Playwrights’ Workshop. If we’ve supported your work or helped you find opportunities to develop your craft, we hope you’ll thinking about joining us and becoming a part of our organisation as we expand the work we do.
This is a model that relies on generosity towards each other – but it’s not charity, because you’ll be getting something in return. We’ve created some fantastic content for our members over the last year or so and we’re developing new content, courses, events and initiatives.
Support us to support you. The more our community of writers invests in us, the more we can do.
Full access for just the cost of one cup of coffee…
In return for your support, you get these exciting member benefits…
Your support keeps London Playwrights’ Blog running.
Since the start, we’ve always offered our full opportunities listings for free – but we have to find a way to support the work that goes into this. If you use the blog to keep track of opportunities or find places to showcase your work, this financial support will go directly into ensuring that this resource stays available to you.
However, we have big plans, and while the blog is the heart of what we do, it’s also only the beginning of the other things we are planning to create.
Additional members-only benefits include:
- Access to premium resources for writers – including #WrAP – our January playwriting challenge, which has already helped almost 400 of you to kickstart your writing. Other resources currently available include courses ‘Writing In Dialect: How To Listen, What To Write”, ‘The Redrafting Toolkit’ and masterclasses in structure. We currently have several new initiatives in development – you can read more about these here.
- Members meetups including feedback sessions – the chance to meet with other members socially and to share your work in a group for feedback and tips from the LPB team!
- Private Facebook Group – escape the social media noise!
- Priority booking and 20 %off LPW Workshops and our Script Consulting Service
- Online Book Club – want to read more plays and never get around to it? Now you have the community to keep you accountable!
- The warm fuzzy feeling of being part of a community of writers… and more to come!
How much does it cost?
You can join with a minimum member subscription of £3.63/month, but if you’re able to round up to £5 or even give more, this will go to maintain our blog and help us do even more for writers! Just write in the support level that works for you.
We like to think the ‘bar test’ is the best method: Imagine you’re hanging out with the LPW team in the bar. How many drinks would you like to buy us as a thank you for the value you’ve gotten out of our work? One? Two? A whole round? That’s your ideal subscription level right there. 🙂
How It Works
- Choose your payment
Choose how much to pay. You can pay as little as £3.63/month.
- Fill in your details
Share your billing details and basic information so we can set up your account. Just click the button below!
- That’s it!
After paying, you’ll get a confirmation email to your inbox. Your account is created automatically using your email address, and you’ll be logged in straight away.
Where does my money go?
We are a non-profit company. There are no shares, and any profits will be channeled back into our designated cause: supporting emerging writers. Membership fees and donations will go directly into programmes for writers or covering the core organisational costs that keep us running.
If you’re on the fence about how much you give, remember – the greater our resources, the more we can do!
What if I change my mind?
You can cancel at any time to stop your monthly payments – just log in to your account to cancel. (If you’re trying to cancel and having issues with this, you can contact us for support.) We don’t offer refunds on membership time that has already been passed, but we can process this within a couple of days so you won’t be charged again. (Please note: you will lose access to all members-only features if you cancel your membership.)
Do I need to live in London to join?
Nope! Membership is open to readers anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to make the in-person meetups, but the full online resources will be available to you.
I really want to be a member, but I can’t afford the monthly rate. Is there any other way I can join?
We don’t want anyone to be kept away because of money. We’ve worked to keep this as affordable and accessible as possible. But we also understand that for some people, even this is too much.
There are lots of ways to contribute to a community. While we don’t give away memberships for free, if you can offer time or skills instead, we’d be very happy to discuss this. If this is your situation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m a member and I’d like to support what you do at a higher level. Is there a way I can give more?
Yes! If you’d like to make a monthly pledge at a higher level, you can do this during the membership registration process. Alternatively, you can give a one-off donation to LPW. If you’re interested in more information about this, contact us at email@example.com.
I’m not a playwright but I’d like to support what you do. How can I help?
We gratefully accept donations from anyone who wants to support our work for emerging writers. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I receive a tax deduction for my donation or membership fee?
Unfortunately not. While our non-profit status is written into our company charter, we are not a registered charity, which means these donations cannot be claimed back. We may become a registered charity in the future, but this can be a lengthy and expensive process, so right now our current non-profit status works for us.
I’m not in a position to make a financial contribution right now. Is there anything else I can do to support your work?
Help us spread the word! Talk to your friends, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and help us reach as many people as possible. The stage needs new stories, and with just the click of a button, you can make a difference. We appreciate anything you can do to help us connect with the writers making them or to support our work.