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Introduction to Playwriting workshop with award-winning British screenwriter and playwright Paul Kalburgi. Just 4 places left.

Ten-week course for only $200
2 Aug 2022 to 4 Oct 2022
7pm to 9.30pm, Tuesdays
Delivered as a 10-week evening class, this course is a stimulating and inspiring introduction to the craft of playwriting, delivered by a working playwright and experienced tutor.
Event type: 
Workshop/Seminar
Price: 
$200
Venue: 
Howick Little Theatre
Address: 
1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga, Auckland
Region: 
Auckland

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BRIEF OUTLINE OF COURSE:

Delivered as a 10-week evening class, this course is a stimulating and inspiring introduction to the craft of playwriting, delivered by a working playwright and experienced tutor. Through weekly workshops based on Paul’s book, The Writer’s Toolkit, sessions will cover the fundamental elements of playwriting, including dramatic structure, the creation and function of character, how to writer dynamic dialogue, crafting a compelling plot, and much more.

Outside the group sessions, participants will apply the skills learnt to write a ten-minute play. Participants will benefit from private online tutoring sessions (2 x 15-minutes each) to advance their script ahead of a staged reading in the final session.

Participants will complete the course armed with a fully developed ten-minute play, plus a toolkit of tricks and devices to inspire future work.

  • A suggested reading list will be supplied before the course starts.
  • See the full course outline for more information and the week-by-week schedule.

You’ll Need: A pen and an A4 writing pad

Punctuality and a commitment to meet delivery deadlines in required.

THE TUTOR: PAUL KALBURGI, MA

Paul Kalburgi is an award-winning British playwright, screenwriter, and television producer. He received his MA (Writing for Screen & Stage) from the School of Drama, Film & Media at Regent's University, London and studied Story Analysis for film through the Writer's Program at UCLA.

Recent screenwriting credits  include  Clint  Eastwood: Hollywood  Outlaw  (REELZ Channel,  USA), Shortland  Street  (TVNZ,  New Zealand), The Price of Fame (REELZ Channel, USA / Channel  5, UK). As a producer, Paul has made programmes for a host of networks in the UK and USA since 2007, across genres including celebrity/reality, docudrama, documentary, lifestyle, factual entertainment and local news.

Select playwriting credits include Broadway or Bust (Bath House  Cultural Center, Dallas), In The Tall Grass (Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Dallas – Winner ‘Outstanding New Play’ DFW Theater Critics Forum, 2018), Maxine (Stockwell Playhouse, London and Times Square Art Center, New York), Almost The Birthday Party (Etcetera Theatre, London – published by Lazy Bee Scripts) and The Countess (Blue Elephant Theatre, London).

Alongside his writing projects, Paul continues to facilitate playwriting courses and workshops internationally. His book, The Writers’ Toolkit:  Exercises,  Techniques  and Ideas  for Playwrights  and Screenwriters,  is published  by Nick Hern Books, London.

Paul is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America and currently serves as the NZ Ambassador.

Download a registration form from the HLT website and return it to the office.

This workshop is made affordable thanks to a grant from Creative Communities/Auckland Council.