Online Introduction to Playwriting

“If you can write, you should write.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda (Creator of Hamilton)

Do you have a story to tell? This course is the place to start….

A brand new four-week online course designed for anyone with a brilliant idea who is keen to explore the fundamentals of playwriting. Throughout the course you will learn new skills and develop a deeper understanding of a writer’s process, and will ultimately create and share a new scene of dialogue with your fellow students.

Mountview has developed a bespoke approach to online training which ensures all courses deliver a rigorous artistic experience while allowing participants to develop and progress. We create a safe space for you to learn directly from industry professionals, within the security of a supportive non-judgemental and encouraging online environment.

  • All courses will be delivered using ZOOM
  • All courses will be 100% live
  • All courses will be taught by professional actors and directors
  • All courses will have a maximum of 12 students per group

This course is open to everyone aged 17+, and we welcome people from all over the globe to our on-line courses. Please note: all class times are UK/GMT time zone

"I appreciated that this is a safe space… despite this being online I felt very supported and I think we all worked hard as well. It was a supportive and encouraging environment."


Course Details

Tuesday and Thursday evenings

6.30pm – 8.30pm

Tuesday 15 February – Thursday 10 March



Following a structured series of workshops, the course will cover:

  • Motivation and the writers voice – what stories do we want to see?
  • Play Structure
  • Form, Style and Content
  • Intention and Obstacle
  • The Scene – dialogue, structure, subtext, themes and imagery
  • Editing – focusing, language and atmosphere
  • Group reading of new scenes
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"Definitely do it, take the chance, even if you're nervous just go into it with an open mind because everyone is in the same boat and really supportive. Be open to try new things and be open to failure because no one's going to judge you and it's all part of the process of growing."



What equipment/space will I need?

All classes will be delivered through the ZOOM platform. To get the most out of the course we would suggest you use a laptop or desktop computer rather than a phone. We would also suggest that you ensure you have a good secure access to Wi-Fi/internet connection. You will also need a suitable space in your home where you can participate in classes/workshops. We would suggest this is a private space that will allow you to engage vocally and physically in the work.

Most importantly you will need a pen and paper – you don’t want to forget key messages!

Who will I be working with?

The sessions will be led by working professionals. All practitioners have worked at the highest level in the industry and are passionate about passing knowledge on to the next generation of actors.

Do I have to do every session?

Ideally yes, so you can get as much out of the course as possible. In order to create a safe space, we will not be filming the workshops, so there won’t be the opportunity to re-watch sessions.

Do I have to audition to get on the course?

No. The courses are open application and accessible for everyone. They are designed to accommodate introductory work for people with little experience, to push people with an intermediate experience and allow the more experienced to brush up on skills.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for anyone who wants to grasp the basic fundamentals of a writer’s craft. Ideal for actors, and those who have a passion to tell their stories.

Due to the intensive nature of our courses fluency in the English language is essential.

Is financial support available?

As part of our ongoing commitment to;

  • supporting our local community and,
  • supporting young people from backgrounds under-represented in the performing arts

We have allocated one fee scholarship per course – to be eligible you must be a current Southwark resident or from an underrepresented community.

If you would like to apply for one of these scholarship places please contact for more information.