Playwriting Courses

Fishamble Playwriting Courses 2017

October Bank Holiday Course

  • 10am-5pm, 28th-30th October, 2017
    Course fee: €200 (deposit €70 to hold place)


Autumn/Winter 9-Week Evening Course – THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED.

  • 7pm-10pm Thursday evenings, October 12th – December 7th, 2017

To enroll:

playwriting To enroll, please call us or send us an email to indicating your preferred course and providing your contact details (postal address, email, phone number). To make a payment please request our bank details to pay by EFT, or pay by cheque made out to Fishamble Theatre Company to: Fishamble: The New Play Company, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1.

All courses are held in Fishamble office. The maximum number of participants is 12 in each course. For further information on Fishamble’s playwriting courses contact Gavin on 01 6704018 or email

Please note that no places will be held without a deposit.
All fees and deposits paid are strictly non-refundable.

Evening Course Content:

Each course participant is immersed in a range of ideas and exercises designed to develop useful skills in writing for live performance. These include: Openings, The Playwright’s Imagination, Plotting, Alternative Structures, Characterisation, the Rhythms of Language and Dialogue. Each course member is encouraged to develop their own idea through the course into a finished draft. As well as developing playwriting skills the course aims to broaden conceptions of what is achievable in live performance and encourage practical considerations of successful staging.

Weekend Course Content:

The weekend course is aimed at learning all about playwriting by doing. Over the weekend, through examples, discussion, writing and feedback each participant will take part in a varied set of creative playwriting exercises which are satisfying in themselves and provide a stimulating portfolio for future work. The weekend course has a positive and supportive atmosphere to encourage participants to discover new ideas and deliver work to the best of their ability. The course includes a free trip to the theatre on the Saturday night.

About our courses:

Fishamble’s playwriting courses have made an amazing contribution to the development of the many companies and artists who have presented new work at the Dublin Fringe Festival.’ – Roise Goan, Former Director, Dublin Fringe Festival

Fishamble: The New Play Company is dedicated to supporting new and developing writers from the very beginning of their literary careers. Over the last 10 years, Fishamble has run 50 playwriting courses for over 500 developing playwrights from Ireland and overseas. Facilitated by Gavin Kostick, the evening and weekend courses provide new writers with the confidence, skills and stimulus required to write successfully for theatre. So far over 300 new plays have been written through these courses, with over 80 plays by writers who attended the courses going on to full production.

Fishamble’s production of Whereabouts, a series of site-specific short plays, was awarded the Special Judges’ Award for creativity and innovation at the The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2006. Six of the eleven plays produced in the series were by writers who have participated in Fishamble’s playwriting courses.

Tiny Plays for Ireland, 2012 and 2013 and published by New Island Press, contained many works by writers who had taken part in the courses.

I found this course was not a ‘how to’ course like many others. Instead, it opened up the area of possibility in playwriting – made me think, see different ways to the completed work. Most usefully, it reawakened an understanding of rhythm and metre which has had a direct effect on my writing. It also got me writing poems and short stories, which has helped improve my management of playwriting. Well worth it!’ – John Connolly, winner of The Yale Playwriting Competition, judged by Edward Albee.

Contact Information

Fishamble: The New Play Company
3 Great Denmark Street
Dublin 1
Phone: +353 (0)1 670 4018

Supported By

Fishamble: The New Play Company is supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council and Fundraising Fellowship Dublin . Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.