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We run at least six workshops a year, often more, inviting a wide range of fantastic guest professionals along to engage and enlighten us in topics including…

• The nuts and bolts of scriptwriting

• Writing for specific genres

• Writing for different media

• Adapting others' stories for stage or screen

• Presenting your work and getting commissioned

• Working as a script editor or a staff writer

Workshops are usually held on Saturdays at a central location in Leeds from 11am to 4pm, and they’re absolutely free for members.


Has it got legs? with Ola Animashawun

Saturday 8th February

11am to 4pm @ Leeds Playhouse

Ola's back! And, in his customary style, the National Theatre and Eclipse dramaturg will be posing a string of thought-provoking questions to help you assess if your story is really going places... or if your flash of inspiration will grind to a halt up a blind alley.

Ola is a master at making you think about your own writing and his workshops are always a blast. Don't miss it!

Booking window opens 8am on Saturday 25th January

Screenwriter and director Dave Gilbank

Writing for video games with Steve Ince

Saturday 29th February

11am to 4pm @ Leeds Playhouse

The world of video games is an exciting place for scriptwriters - because it's a medium unlike any other, giving you the opportunity to create interactive stories, characters and dialogue.

Seasoned writer and games designer Steve will be filling us in on how games companies work and how writers fit into the game-development process. With hands-on exercises to give you lots of insight into writing from an interactive perspective, this promises to be a fun day!

Booking window opens 8am on Saturday 15th February

Screenwriter and director Dave Gilbank

Writing a theatre play with Tom Wells

Saturday 16th May

11am to 4pm @ Leeds Playhouse

The National Theatre. The Royal Court. Birmingham Rep. The West Yorkshire Playhouse. Hull Truck. Paines Plough. Any aspiring playwright would give their non-dominant arm to work with those names, right?

So when award-winning writer Tom Wells, who has worked with all of them and more, says he'll be giving you a series of writing exercises to help you build a plan for a full-length play, you really don't want to sleep on it. Set your alarm.

Booking window opens 8am on Saturday 2nd May

Screenwriter and director Dave Gilbank

How to put on your own play with Dick Bonham

Saturday 11th July

11am to 4pm @ Leeds Playhouse

If you're a regular at our Q&A sessions, you'll have heard our pro-writer panel members say this again and again: Don't sit and wait for a lucky break. Create your own opportunities. Stage your own work.

If those sentiments scare you and you've no idea how you'd even begin to do that, this is the workshop for you! Experienced writer, director and producer Dick Bonham is taking time out from making brilliant theatre to share his knowledge with us. Stop waiting to be chosen. Carpe diem!

Booking window opens 8am on Saturday 27th June

Screenwriter and director Dave Gilbank


  • Numbers are limited to 18 writers per workshop.

  • To apply, you must be a current paid-up member of Script Yorkshire.

  • The booking window opens at 8am on the Saturday two weeks before the workshop date.

  • We take bookings on a first come, first served basis via email:

  • Our workshop co-ordinator sends out a group confirmation email to writers early the following week.

  • If the workshop is full, we'll add you to the waiting list and let you know if someone drops out.

  • If you're allocated a place and discover you can no longer attend, please let us know ASAP so another writer has the chance to come along.


It’s very important that our workshops are events at which people feel safe and included and can share their work without prejudice, regardless of their age, race or gender.

We ask that our members always show respect to each other in a mutually constructive and supportive way.

Not a member yet? Ready to join us? Sign up now.



26 January: Getting Started with Lisa Holdsworth and Alison Hume

23 February: Bums on Seats with Lisa Holdsworth

6 April: Redrafting with Amanda Whittington

1 June: Scripts Under Scrutiny with Tom Needham

21 September: The Script Process with Tom Needham

12 October: Corporate Storytelling with Jon Salthouse

2 November: Q&A - Alison Hume, Gaby Chiappe, Amy Leach, Sharon Oakes, Jon Salthouse & Dick Bonham


27 January: Creative Kickstart with Ola Animashawun

10 February: Horror Writing Workshop with James Moran

17 February: Scriptwriting Essentials 1 with Lisa Holdsworth and Alison Hume

17 March: Scriptwriting Essentials 2 with Lisa Holdsworth and Alison Hume

28 April: Thriller Writing with David Allinson

26 May: Plays That Kick Ass with Ola Animashawun

16 June: How to Write for Radio Drama Q&A – Chris Reason, Gary Brown, Kamal Kaan, Everal Walsh

15 September: Using Historical Research in Story-driven Drama with Ciaran Bermingham

3 November: Writing Radio-ready Drama with Stefan Escreet


18 March: Writing for Film with Jimmy Richards

27 May: Script Editing Workshop with Alison Hume

8 July: Adaptation Workshop with Martin Jameson

23 September: Writing for TV with Ian Kershaw and Debbie Oates

11 November: Writing Comedy Workshop with Toby Hadoke


16 January: Creative Workout with Emma Adams

13 February: Producing New Writing with John Tomlinson

7 May: Writing for Radio Drama with Chris Reason

16 July: How to Get Ideas from Absolutely Anywhere with Dan Bye

10 September: Ways to Use Autobiographical Material in Creating Drama with Matt Miller

5 November: Creating Drama from Original Sources with Vanessa Rosenthal

26 November: AGM/Writing and Producing TV Q&A/Christmas social

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