Young Writers Group

First launched in March 2016, the Greenwich Young Writers Programme offers young artists in Greenwich the opportunity to develop their writing skills and knowledge of theatre in association with some of the capital's most exciting theatre practitioners.

Our first year saw our writers mentored by JMK Award winner Roy Alexander Weise, US writer Carolyn Kras, and director and creative writing lecturer Robert Marsden, with visits from Showstoppers!, and other experienced theatrical producers. They enjoyed group trips to Wild at the Hampstead Theatre, American Idiot on the West End, along with visits to James and the Giant Peach and Little Shop of Horrors.

Following three terms of skills development and writing practice, our young writers saw their work produced as part of a showcase of scenes inspired by their experiences of Greenwich, at the Greenwich Theatre. They were performed by professional actors and led by a professional creative team. The quality of the work produced was excellent and a number of our participants have gone on to pursue work in theatre.

 As part of our commitment to the legacy of our course one of our writers, Paul McArthur, has come on board with Selladoor as our Creative Intern, and will soon be lead writer on a full length musical with us.Paul says:
"Working with and learning first hand from one of the UK's fastest growing theatre companies has been invaluable, and seeing my words professionally executed on a stage, was nothing short of ridiculous! I thank Selladoor for mentoring me all the way, for passing on their knowledge, and for giving me the tools to write my first piece of theatre!"

Application forms for our next course will be available via our website in Summer 2018

Following 2016’s successful Young Writers Programme culminating in our Meantime Showcase, Selladoor Worldwide are planning to relaunch the course in September 2018 as a musical theatre creation course. We will aim to select a diverse group of ten aspiring young writers and ten aspiring composers to work side-by-side to develop their skills, culminating in a production of their work.

Over the course of three terms, of ten weeks, from September 2018 to July 2019, our participants will learn musical theatre theory, the skills required to write a short scene with at least one number, and see their work produced in a London theatre, directed, designed and performed by professional theatre practitioners.

Testimonials from our 2016 Alumni

Charlotte Gray:
“The course enabled me to meet peers local to me who have the same interests as I do, some of which I'm close friends with to this day! I can't thank Sell A Door enough for this chance, and giving me the skills and confidence I need to keep developing and pursue my dream of writing.”

Antonia Bici:
"I really appreciated all the resources that were invested by Sell A Door into the set designs, marketing and production. It all contributed to an exciting way of giving us a taste of what it could be like to have a play produced, right from the marketing process to the rehearsal stage and finally the debut performance!"

Jesse Petrie:
"I loved my time working with The Team at Selladoor. I especially liked meeting new people and being able to gain valuable critiques from people within the industy"

Lori Jane Mclare:
"An amazing experience working with some of the best theatre makers around. I learned to much from my mentors and have taken all their knowledge on with me today! I loved seeing my play workshopped with actors first hand, and seeing the final product was incredible!"