Story Starters - Writing from Improv

07jun1:00 pm3:30 pmStory Starters - Writing from Improv6 week course with The Nursery/The Maydays1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Event Details

A Mellow Sunday Writing Class using improvisation as its starting point. In this class, we’ll use improv as a jumping-off point for your creative writing. An opportunity for you to make yourself turn up, improvise, and write EVERY week.

Inspiration will come from your own, and other people’s improv, and you’ll come out with ideas and starting points to pursue in your own time. It’s a buffet of writing genres, styles and techniques!

Each week, we’ll look at a different aspect of writing, using improvisation exercises and scenes to inspire and develop ideas. The exercises we do on zoom, may be familiar to you, but we’ll be using them in a different way – like magpies – stealing what works, what we like and discarding what we don’t.

Areas covered on this course include:

-Basic story arc and structure

-Ways to begin and the editor in the head

-Creating and building character

-Science fiction & the Fantastic (extraordinary/ordinary)

-History & Biography

-Audience and Who’s Telling the Story?

You don’t have to have knowledge of any of these subjects, just turn up, play, and get some words on paper. Any form of writing is fine: prose, poetry, or something performative.

Toward the end of the course, you will also have the opportunity to send in a piece of writing for peer review (using constructive and positive guidelines), should you so choose.

Who’s this for?

Improvisers who write, or want to write, but need a butt-kick


(Sunday) 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Online Zoom Room


Jen Rowe is an actor, improviser, and writer. Her self-penned one-woman show, based on the sci-fi author James Tiptree Jr, was received very favourably in Brighton Fringe 2019, and she is currently researching her next show for 2021. Mainly, however, Jen writes her own speculative fiction, as well as prose for performance, shorter fiction of all genres, and has recently started exploring nature-writing.

In Jen’s opinion, improv and writing go hand in hand; both require us to banish the ‘editor in the head’ – at least initially – in order to create freely, so she uses improv exercises to inspire in all her writing classes. (She also thinks that it helps many aspiring writers to have someone sitting there, encouraging you put the words on the page!)

‘the phrasing and language of the text is delicious’ Fringereview on ‘Tiptree’

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