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Comment by Paul-Robbie Stoyle on Monday

Do you dutifully start typing only to be tempted to dive into Instagram, or start cleaning the kitchen, or Skype an old friend…?

Zenpens is an exciting new writer’s retreat based in Cardiff City Centre. Adapted from the Writer’s Army workshops lead by the New York playwright Anne Washburn, Zenpens allows writers to concentrate solely on their work in meditative silence.

Togetherness is a spur . The presence of other writers can allow you to work longer and more productively than you normally would and helps to move you through periods of inattention and malaise.

Cool, so how does it work?

Zenpens is a one day silent writers retreat. No phones. No social media. No distractions.

Meeting at 9:45 am for a short debrief and writing exercises, we start working in earnest at 10 am until 1 pm. An hour lunch. Then more silent writing from 2 pm until 6 pm.

The most important rule is that everyone starts and leaves at the same time. It’s a quiet space, but most importantly it’s a space where everyone is working steadily together.

We also ask that people not work during lunch. Periods of not working and switching off completely are vital for overall productivity.

What’s on offer?

A supportive space to begin something new or rehash something old.

New networking possibilities.

Writing exercises to boost creativity.

Free tea and coffee facilities.

How much?

Money collected at the retreat is used to pay for the space and its upkeep. If you can, please pay the suggested donation of £8 or £5 concession.

This sounds right for me, when’s the next one?

Zenpens will be taking place on the 20th April at the John Dennithorne Room, Quaker Meeting House, 43 Charles Street, Cardiff CF10 2GB.

How can I get in touch?  

Spaces are limited, so please email your interest to Paul Stoyle at zenpenssilentretreat@gmail.com or visit https://zenpens-silentwritersretreats.yolasite.com/ for more information.

Best wishes,

Zenpens.

“All know the way, few actually walk it”

-    Zen proverb

Comment by Danny Muir on December 2, 2018 at 19:24

Hey everyone, 

We are currently have a script submission email open until January the 15th and are very interested in working with new Wales based writers, if that sounds like you please get in touch! 

See image below for more details.

Cheers!

Comment by Kelly Jones on August 31, 2018 at 18:58

Hey Writers:

have a space booked on the Dirty Protest writers retreat in Ty Newydd next week and can no longer go -am looking to give it to someone who'd benefit - for free

The residency is Playwrighting and theatricality- from 3rd-7th Sept. Taught by Tim Price and Hamish Pirie- I also have a return ticket for the train from Cardiff to Criccith.

If you can do it- you are welcome to have it

Email me kels530@hotmail.com

Comment by Jordan Forse on August 6, 2018 at 13:41

Final call for The Writer’s Scratch Night. 

Pen and Paper Theatre Company are holding a Scratch night but with a difference. Are you working on a script right now, or developing a script you have written? 

Our Scratch night is set to be a workshop style event led by writers, working with actors on developing their scripts through practical exploration. If you just want to hear your script out loud, workshop scenes or even play with visual elements, this event is perfect for you. 

This is a final call for a writer, to find out more information or book your place get in touch or comment below. 

The event is free, and not paid but will be 2 hours of exploration, development and artistic experimentation. Held on 16th August at Arts Central Gallery, Barry, Vale of Glam, 6-8. 

Can’t attend the event but still want your work involved? You can send work to us, and we can gain feedback both visually and written to send over to you following the event. 

Contact Jordan at Pen and Paper Theatre Company on - 07855720447 or email penandpapertheatreco@gmail.com

Comment by Jordan Forse on July 20, 2018 at 17:19

Hi All! 

Hope you are well. I am not sure if you have seen over facebook at all, but I have just opened a thetare company in the Vale, and I am running a Writer's Scratch Night.

This event will be a workshop style event where the writers present their work to actors, then workshop it with them as part of a development process.

 The event is free - and it's aims are to look at supporting and developing the work of those who are young in the industry through practical ways. The Event is https://www.facebook.com/events/503451750088697/

Comment by Kelly Jones on May 31, 2018 at 19:44
Comment by Jane Fox on April 26, 2018 at 10:50

A modern opera double bill for everyone who loves opera and for anyone who thinks opera isn’t for them.
https://www.wmc.org.uk/Productions/2018-2019/…/Peacekeeping/

‘Peacekeeping’ (45 minutes) Is a multi-layered story about the trade in human beings in this beautiful psychological chamber opera.
A Ty Cerdd New Music commission 2017-18.

‘The Filmmaker and The Organ Trader’ (30 minutes) A haunting electronic score evoking an industrial, transport and internal body soundscape. An unusual love story between clowns inviting us to delve into their dark, lucrative world of body harvesting and organ trading.
A crowd funded commission 2016.

Supported by Wales Millennium Centre, Ty Cerdd, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Opera’r Ddraig, Spit&Sawdust, crowd funders and Joyce Watson AM.

Comment by Steve Bennett on January 16, 2018 at 12:15

Clock Tower Theatre Company have been devoted to producing new writing since our inception. Going into 2018 we want to continue to support new writers and their work. 

So we’re looking for some brand new writing to continue this trend. Work that has been created in the past two years, is bold and current and at least an hour long.

If you’ve got any work that fits this remit, whether complete or not, please get in touch with us. We’d love to meet you, read your work and potentially help you with developing or finishing it. 

Email us at: 
clocktowertc@gmail.com 
with Writers’ Call Out as the subject title.

Submission deadline: Thursday 1 March

We look forward to hearing from you! 

CT team

Comment by Fio on January 8, 2018 at 13:01

NEW YEAR.... NEW OPPORTUNITY!!

Fio are excited to announce their new development programme DECLARATION supported by Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru | Arts Council of Wales

We are looking for ACTORS, WRITERS and DIRECTORS who feel their stories and voices are not currently being seen on our stages.

You will receive a week of FREE Masterclasses and a PAID creation week. Click to find out more:

www.wearefio.co.uk/opportunities

Read our Declaration: 

For too long in Wales, we have been faced with a lack of diversity in both the stories we tell and those who get to tell those stories. As a solution-focused arts charity, we want to change that. We know there is no one solution but we hope to be part of and instigators of much-needed change.

Recent events have proved to us that change is needed here in Wales from the Aberaeron Carnival to Cardiff University to the Music Theatre Wales' production of The Golden Dragon, there are clearly conversations we need to be having both creatively and socially as a nation. We understand that race and ethnicity is not the only barrier faced by those trying to create work and we wish to create a new programme that recognises any barrier faced by those wanting to create live work.

We are embarking on a new project, Declaration, which will identify, nurture and develop both unheard voices and championing those existing artists who have yet not had the exposure or recognition they deserve. We will bring together artists at all levels of their career to create new work. Share experiences and promote a more diverse and representative performance culture. A chance for a collection of artists to come together learn, develop and create.

Over the past 2 years of working in Wales, we have worked with a network of diverse artists whom we wish to grow and support whilst identifying new talent and underrepresented voices.

We also wish to take time and space for us to meet new people as well as promote and support the work of other organisations and individuals who share our common aim. We would also like to signpost these artists to other more resourced organisations who can support further development of the ideas and artists.

We will support minority voices and underrepresented people. We want to tell new stories and offer new opportunities for people who feel unheard. We want the next generation to see their faces and their stories on our stages. We wish to create new narratives that represent now and the experiences of all people.

This is our Declaration.

Comment by Bethan Morgan on November 14, 2017 at 16:17

Mercury Theatre Wales have entered our domestic abuse project 35TIMES into the Aviva Community Fund. Please click the link and vote for us. Voting closes this weekend. Thank you.

https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-3713

 

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