Learn how to write a play from scratch with Middle Child and Tom Wells

Budding playwrights in Hull are being invited to apply for this year’s Middle Child Writers’ Group, which returns in September.

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The free introduction to playwriting course offers a series of five weekly workshops, designed to help people find their voice and start writing their first ever script.

The group is led by Tom Wells, a Hull-based playwright, whose work has been performed in theatres across the country.

Tom said: “It’s properly exciting to be running the Middle Child Writers’ Group again.

“Every year we find ace new writers full of characters, stories, warmth and humour and give them the tools to start turning those things into plays.

“I’m sure this year we’ll get another brilliant gang.”

Angelo Irving took part in the 2021 course and has since worked with Middle Child to share his new playwriting skills with secondary school children in Hull.

Angelo said: “It is easy to talk yourself out of joining things. The usual questions of what if I’m no good or what if everyone else is amazing can be followed with feelings of being a fraud.

“The great thing about the group is that the only thing you need is an idea and imagination. If that’s you, apply. You will be richer for the experience.” 

Rachel Hogg also took part last year, after previously doing a creative writing course with the Open University and forming an online writing group with friends.

Rachel said: “It was great to have face-to-face contact with other writers again during the Middle Child Writers’ Group.

“Tom is an excellent facilitator, both inspiring and motivational, and the wider group create such a supportive environment in which to write and find your voice.”

Applicants don’t need to have written anything before or come from a theatre background.

Tom added: “All you need is a few good stories to tell – funny stories, sad stories, tough stories, tender stories – stories we’re eager to see on Hull stages.

“Whether you’re burning to put something on stage, or just curious to see whether you can write a play, we’d love to hear from you.”

Applications are now open and close on Monday 15 August.

Full details about the Writers’ Group and how to apply are on the Middle Child website: www.middlechildtheatre.co.uk/writers-group