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Frequently Asked Questions

I have previously applied for Mentoring but was not selected. Does this mean that my writing isn't what you're looking for?

Playwrights' Studio is a development organisation for playwrights, so we are not looking for a particular style of play or type of writing.  We welcome as many different ideas, stories and voices as possible.

Selection is made by considering all the different criteria, not just your writing.  The criteria are:

  • The originality and potential of your idea and your voice
  • Your commitment to developing your playwriting skills and experience
  • How Mentoring will contribute to the development of your writing
  • The most appropriate 'fit' with our mentors, and how they can best support you in developing your play, your skills and your experience

It is very important that the mentored playwrights get the best possible experience from the Programme.  Your potential mentor will be part of this selection process so they will think carefully about what they can bring to your development before making their choices.

So, if you have applied before and still feel that Mentoring is an opportunity you would benefit from, do apply again.  A different mentor could very well select your application in future.

"I was delighted to be selected for the Playwright's Studio's Mentorship in 2016, after first applying for the programme in 2012. It has been such an exciting and beneficial programme, I'm so glad I re-applied. Being mentored by Lynda Radley, as a writer and dramaturg has been a perfect fit for helping me with my writing. I would definitely say to those who have applied before to keep trying, keep applying and when its the right fit, it will work out." Jennifer Adam

If I am not selected, will you provide feedback on my work?

Selection is made by considering all the different criteria, not just your writing.  Because of this, and the volume of applications we receive every year, we are unable to provide specific feedback on your writing or on your application. 

We provide a number of opportunities to receive feedback on your work during the year, including the ongoing National Script Reading Service and script surgeries, provided on an occasional basis, as part of our Public Workshop Programme.  Do make sure you're signed up to receive our e-news and you will receive information about script surgeries and any other opportunities for feedback.

Can I apply for the Mentoring programme and a New Playwrights Award, at the same time?

As the two programmes offer different development opportunities to playwrights at different career stages, we cannot accept applications to both from the same applicant in the same year. If you are unsure which to apply for, read the criteria and the FAQ sections of each Programme carefully. Be clear what you hope to gain from  the Programme and this should help you decide which is most appropriate for your needs.  

What should I include in my writing samples? 

We ask for writing samples to give the selection panel a flavour of your writing. We do not expect the samples to be perfect. 

The idea that you want to work on may not necessarily be written yet so we don't expect that to be one of your samples. However, if you have begun working on your idea, you are welcome to submit a sample from it.

I am Scottish but based elsewhere. Will you pay my travel expenses?

Depending on where you are based, we may be able to make a contribution towards expenses, help you source alternative funding or, alternatively, consider other options such as Skype.  Please do not let this put you off applying, if you are otherwise eligible.

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