Paper Tiger

Collaborative Writing Masterclass

1 day Masterclass with the Paper Tiger collective

Date: Saturday 28th September 2013, 11am – 6pm
Venue: Bush Theatre (Attic), W12 
Deadline to apply: [Friday 13 September, midday]. Some late places may be available - please contact Tamasha if you are interested:

This opportunity is open to artists from all cultural backgrounds, including actors, writers and directors. We welcome individuals as well as pairs/groups.

This 1 day masterclass will introduce different ways to approach writing and editing collaboratively. As many writers increasingly work across theatre, opera, film and TV, they encounter multiple models of ‘collaboration’ at various stages in the writing process: from feedback notes emailed to the solitary author, to simultaneous co-authoring by a group of writers sat around a table.

In this context, group writing can often be a muddy affair to navigate! This masterclass will embrace the mess, by focussing on particular details that are created within a collective panorama. We will unpack ways to:
- Identify core stimuli to write from and/or respond to
- Generate material as a group
- Plot and structure a collective narrative
- Playfully edit a collective script using simultaneous dramaturgy

Paper Tiger is an emerging collective of theatre and film makers, working collaboratively and autonomously, who have co–written in the past and, with the support of Arts Council England, are working together on three new scripts in development. They are currently resident as Associate Artists at Ovalhouse.

Carissa Hope Lynch is a director and dramaturg from Manila by way of San Francisco. She is currently Senior Reader at Royal Court Theatre, before which she was New Works & Literary Officer at Graeae Theatre Company.
Omar El-Khairy is a writer for stage and screen. He was part of Tamasha’s Small Lives Global Ties writers’ group in 2011 and is currently Leverhulme Associate Playwright at Bush Theatre.
Tanya Singh is a writer and filmmaker. As a Tamasha Associate Artist in 2011, she facilitated the Tamasha / Mulberry School New Writers’ attachment scheme with Fin Kennedy.
Afsaneh Gray is a playwright and librettist. She presented a work-in-progress of her most recent project, an opera exploring the nature of celebrity, at the Riverside Studios’ Tête-à-Tête Festival in August 2013.

Cost: £30 per participant.
[Please note that payment must be received in advance, upon confirmation that you have been allocated a place. If you cancel your place on or after Friday 20th September then we will be unable to refund your fee.]

To apply: Send us an email with your CV or Spotlight Link and a brief paragraph (200 words) on why you want to do the masterclass. In the case of joint applications from pairs/groups, please also submit an additional brief paragraph outlining your collective practice to date.
Please send for the attention of Felicity to with “Collaborative Writing” in the subject line. 

If you have any further questions or queries, please contact Felicity at the office on 0207 749 0090 or