Fin Kennedy

Introduction to Playwriting with Fin Kennedy (via Zoom)

Thursday 28 May 2020, 10am-1pm, via Zoom

This three-hour online workshop for beginners aims to introduce some basic principles of dramatic storytelling, and demystify some key terms.

What is the difference between Story, Plot and Narrative? Or between Objective and Motivation?

Why is character Action important and how is it built up to generate interesting and unexpected Events?

With reference to professional texts from the recent canon of new British theatre writing, this practical class will break down several scenes to reveal the ‘architecture’ beneath, in order to give participants the tools to structure and write their own original scenes from scratch.

As an online workshop, writing time will not be included in the session itself, but we can offer notes on a scene you write subsequently, for an optional extra fee (see below).

Fin Kennedy is an award-winning playwright, Artistic Director of Tamasha, and has been a visiting Lecturer at Central Saint Martins (MA Dramatic Writing) and Goldsmiths (MA Writing for Performance).

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Those with no experience of playwriting.
  • For actors / directors / theatre artists who want to explore if writing is for them, or how to analyse play texts in the rehearsal room.
  • For writers with some experience who would like a refresher.

Please email the team if you are unsure if it is for you / would like to talk it through.

This opportunity is open to all ages and locations within the UK, but positively aimed at those who identify as a person of colour of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) heritage.

No formal qualifications are necessary to apply, however applicants must demonstrate an interest in writing for theatre. Applications should include:  

1) Your current CV if you have one, including any relevant experience (this does not have to specifically refer to your writing interests), or a short (max 500 words) statement of interest including your particular interest in this masterclass

2) A completed Data Form

Workshop fee: Pay What You Decide*

Reading fee (optional): We can provide some notes on the scene you write for an optional fee:

  • £25 for written notes*
  • £40 for written notes + a 15-min Zoom 1-2-1

*Please ensure your payment(s) are made at least 24 hours prior to the workshop start time

Please send all completed applications to


Deadline to apply: Friday 22nd May 2020, 12pm