Mastering Dramatic Structure

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One of the biggest challenges for new and emerging writers is without a doubt, structure (that and making a living from writing, but that’s one for another day!). Even more established writers have to grapple with getting their structure right. How do you know you’re building up the tension in the right way? How can you be sure  you are telling the most interesting version of events? How can you tell if you’re on the right track with putting your story together?

Structure sometimes seems like an unfathomable challenge but if we can crack it, we can use it as a powerful writing tool. Getting to grips with structure means we can take the audience on a powerful, dramatic journey – and convey our ideas as writers in the clearest possible way.

With this in mind we’ll be launching an online course which will allow you to explore and master dramatic structure. This is not about learning to write to a ‘formula’, it’s about developing an in depth knowledge of how building a story works, and how that transfers to the pages of stage play.

How the course works: the course is made up of videos, downloadable worksheets, and exercises designed to get you to go deep in to the principles of structure and learn how to use them your advantage as a writer. There are 8 sessions in the course which will be released on alternate weeks, giving you plenty of time to fully explore the materials. Participants are invited to discuss the course in the members Facebook group, where members of the LPW team will be on hand to offer their insights and answer your questions.

Who’s it for: everyone! Whether it’s your first play or you’ve been writing for a while, you’ll find this course useful.

Dates: The first session is released on Thursday 7 May 2020, and sessions will then be released on alternate Thursdays. The materials will remain live on the members site to pick up whenever you like.

How to take part: new sessions will be released here on alternate Thursdays from 7 May 202, just login and head to this page to find them. 





Kimberley Andrews is a playwright who has an MA in Text & Performance Studies from RADA/ Kings College London. She’s had work performed at the Birmingham Rep, Rich Mix Studios, Luton Library Theatre, The Arena Theatre, and has experience in self-producing on the London fringe. She currently works as a playwriting dissertation tutor at RADA and a freelance script consultant. As co-founder of London Playwrights’ Blog & Workshop, Kimberley is the Head of Writer Development, where she combines her passion for working with new writers with her own experience as a writer to create resources for emerging playwrights


4 thoughts on “Mastering Dramatic Structure”

  1. Annie Gogarty

    Hi Kimberley,

    I don’t seem to be able to find the materials for Session 5. It says that they were released on 18th June but I can’t find them. Please could you help.

    Many thanks,
    Annie Gogarty

    1. Kimberley Andrews

      Hi Annie,

      Sorry about this, it was actually a typing error. Session 5 is released this Thursday 2nd July. Sorry for any confusion caused.

      Best wishes,

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