HighTide Writers' Bootcamp: Birmingham

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Do you need to pull your writing socks up? Then allow our lovely partners HighTide Festival to give you a hand.

The HighTide Writers’ Bootcamp is the second of three special events organised by HighTide in partnership with IdeasTap, aimed to develop the writing of exceptional emerging playwrights from around the country. 

This is the brief for the Birmingham HighTide Writers' Bootcamp, which will take place at mac birmingham in their Randles studio space on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October. A brief for the next bootcamp in Manchester will follow soon.

Join HighTide Literary Manager Rob Drummer for two days of focused play and experiment, questioning, development and advice on your writing. The intensive two days are designed to propose a lot of questions without necessarily providing all the answers. We are fully intending to work on plays you have written, plays you intend to write and plays you never knew you could write. 

Here’s what you’ll get up to over the two days: 

Day One

  • Meet and greet, while learning more about HighTide and your fellow writers.
  • Intensive work on playwriting with Rob Drummer.
  • Up and about, and making work from diverse starting points.
  • Obsessing over detail vs the bigger picture. 

Day Two 

  • Being our own toughest critic – where have we succeeded and where could we improve?
  • Scene study: something old and something new.
  • Hearing our work and offering feedback to others.
  • One-on-one sessions to conclude the two days.

You can be a writer at any stage of your career: you may have sent us work in the past or intend to do so. We intend to maintain a relationship beyond these two days and are therefore looking for writers who inspire and challenge us as much as we do you.

 

This brief closes on Tuesday 16 October at 12pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 and above. If you have any technical queries, please visit the Help Centre. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so don’t leave your application to the last minute.

How to apply

Before you apply, please make sure you've read the terms and conditions below, as well as the general terms and conditions for all IdeasTap briefs.

1. Apply by clicking Follow this brief in the left-hand column.

2. Click Apply now in the yellow box on the left. This will take you to a page headed Submit Your Response.

4. Please tell us in 100 words or less why you would benefit from this bootcamp.

5. Upload a 10-page writing sample (either as a word doc or PDF).

6. To support your application make sure you have included a one-page CV, writer profile and biography in your IdeasTap portfolio as supporting material.

7. You must have a photo uploaded to your profile, although it doesn't need to be a headshot and you won't be judged on the quality.

 

Terms and conditions:

1. You must be writing new plays for theatrical production.

2. You can be at any stage of your career.

3. You must be able to commit to both full days in Birmingham.

4. You must be willing to share work with others.

5. You will be respectful of the process of developing new plays with other writers.

6. You will attend with an open attitude and be ready to challenge yourself and others.

7. See ideastap.com/briefterms for general terms and conditions that apply to all IdeasTap briefs."

 

Before you submit any application to HighTide, look at the writers HighTide have worked with in the past and the projects they have developed.

Please do not send screenplays, treatments, radio plays, prose or poetry, as HighTide does not produce work in adaptation or for non-live performance. HighTide also rarely produces historical drama or biographical work, unless these allow us a new perspective on contemporary life. 

This brief closes on Tuesday 16 October at 12pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 and above. If you have any technical queries, please visit the Help Centre. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so don’t leave your application to the last minute.

This brief is now closed for comments. If you have any questions, please email info@ideastap.com

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