We believe in writers helping each other. We’ve run London Playwrights’ Blog on a sharing economy model for nearly five years – however, that can’t cover accounting or insurance fees. In order to grow and do more for writers, we need a bigger and more stable infrastructure.
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 and being part of our next chapter.
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’re developing new content, courses, events and initiatives that will be available to our members.
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…
Join during our launch period to become a Charter Member of LPW! We’re only offering this membership level during our launch period, so if you want the recognition of being an early supporter, you need to join now. Members provide the foundation of support for London Playwrights’ Workshop, and our Charter Members are the core support.
Your support keeps London Playwrights’ Blog running.
For the time being, we are going to continue offering 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 ‘A Playwrights Guide To Cheap & Free Tickets’ and our first online course ‘Writing In Dialect: How To Listen, What To Write’ (both coming August 2017)
- Quarterly members meetups – connect with other writers for good advice and a fun night out
- Members Spotlight – an online feature to showcase and promote members’ shows and events to a wider audience
- Private Facebook Group – escape the social media noise!
- Priority booking and discounts – for workshops and events from LPW or partners promoting to our community
- Online Book Club – want to read more plays and never get around to it? Now you have the community to keep you accountable! (coming September 2017)
- Extra benefits – including discounted rates for script consulting services, and a free booking code for LPW events at London Writers’ Week
- 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.