Introduction to Playwriting

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What’s it all about?

Got a story to tell? Bring your playwriting ideas to life using practical devices designed to clarify concepts, develop your writing skills and get the creative juices flowing.

What will we cover?

What is the purpose of your work? Do you know what it is that you want or need to say? Can you picture the final product? Using a range of practical writing tasks, we will brainstorm together to discover your playwriting voice and find out what your play (whether half-written or a distant dream) is actually about. Topics covered will include:

  • Theme and objective
  • Given circumstances
  • Dramatic structure
  • Considering your audience
  • Taking the page to the stage

Who will be teaching?

Bethany SimonsBethany Simons is a Green Room Award nominated writer and performer based in Melbourne. Born and raised in regional NSW, Bethany is a graduate of BA (Acting for Screen and Stage – Honours) at Charles Sturt University. Her one-act play The Weather and Your Health was selected for the 2012 VCE Drama Playlist, has toured extensively throughout Australia and received the RAVE touring award for outstanding contribution to arts and culture.

Along with her work as a performer, producer, Master of Ceremonies and voice over artist, Bethany is also a columnist and feature writer for Aussie Theatre. Bethany believes that nothing is funnier or more beautiful than real life and true stories. As a theatre-maker she is committed to creating new work for the Australian stage that is honest, uplifting and entertaining. For more info visit