In a brand new pilot scheme to assess the appetite for writing workshops in rural settings, playwright and workshop leader Angela Street has pledged to bring workshops to you. We’ll let her you more about the scheme and how you can get involved.


“Popping up anywhere in the South West. Providing affordable writing workshops. The workshop comes to you, saving you travel costs and time.

Days available from 5 May: Mondays, Fridays, some Saturdays, Sundays

Half days:  10:00 – 1:00   Whole days:  10:00 – 4:00    Evenings:  any 3 hours.

If you’d like to host a workshop in your house or on your premises, and you have space suitable for at least 7 writers, maximum 15 writers, please contact me to arrange a time and date.

As the host you will get the workshop free and can choose the topic or general theme most suitable for your group if you wish. You must agree this with the tutor 6 weeks before the date of the workshop so that the tutor can prepare relevant material and advertising copy.

Workshops can cover basic techniques for writers new to playwriting through to advanced editing skills, or take the form of a tutored writing retreat.

Topic suggestions: creating characters, dialogue, structure, conflict, stage directions, subtext, unblocking, comedy, voice, the absurd. Writing monologues, writing for radio, writing comedy sketches, writing great roles for women.

The tutor and host will advertise the workshop locally in consultation with the host, and may provide flyers for the host to hand out or distribute locally if required.

The host is asked to provide teas/coffees and in the case of full days either an undramatic lunch or advise participants to bring their own packed lunch.

The host must inform the tutor if they have dogs, cats or other livestock on the premises and agree appropriate health and safety measures with the tutor.

All workshops are smoke free, vape free, and mobile free zones. There will be scheduled breaks.

Access and Parking: the host will be asked to provide information, for example whether there is wheelchair access or steps into the premises.

Workshops require a minimum of 7 writers to run.  If fewer than 7 people have signed up and paid, the workshop will be cancelled.

Costs: Half day/Evening £30 (25 concs)*   Full day £40 (£35 concs)*

*This is the best price I can make the workshops without an arts grant. However, if for example 10 people sign up then I’m happy to negotiate a lower price.

Please let me know any reasons people have for not attending, such as cost, travel, childcare, access, time, topics covered.

This is a pilot scheme to find out if there is an appetite for affordable writing workshops in rural areas.  If successful, I will apply to the Arts Council for funding to assist writers needing financial help with fees or childcare, to provide rural workshops in wheelchair accessible venues, such as village halls, and also for smaller group sizes, with only 4 or 5 writers.

Contact: angelastreet@tiscali.co.uk  01722 322143″