Community and Workshops


INK aims to inspire, challenge and inform by engaging with the local, and wider community in East Anglia, transforming lives, helping individuals to ‘find their voice’ by listening to their stories, and encouraging creativity and social well-being.


 


 

INK Libris 2020-2021

An Introduction to Scriptwriting

Due to the success of our inaugural Golden Years’ script writing project we are delighted to announce the launch of:

 

A new programme of BEGINNERS’ script-writing workshops for the over 60’s

Via ZOOM in order to ensure the safety of participants.

The workshops are focussed on encouraging members to write for their own pleasure.

 The aim is to build confidence and encourage scriptwriting through a series of writing exercises and group discussions.

 Topics covered include: Writing the Self (how your personal experiences inform your writing); Characterisation (including the use of back-stories); Plot structure; Monologues; Radio plays; Healing through writing; and more.

Workshop Leader: regular INK contributor Griff Scott, who aims to provide a sociable and supportive environment, in which individuals can have fun with their writing.

Absolutely no writing experience is necessary.

DATES: The Workshops start in October 2020 and will run to March 2021.

TIME: 14.00 – 15.30 first and third Wednesdays of each month.

 FEE: First 2 sessions free then optional suggested donation of £3.00 per class.

 For more information or would like to reserve a place, please contact Griff on 07908 221060 or griff@inkfestival.org

 

Intermediate Scriptwriting course

 

SCRIPT WRITING course for stage and radio on Zoom

60s+ Suitable for those who would like to improve their script-writing skills.

(There is an alternative Beginners INK Libris script writing course)

Dates: Fortnightly starting   October 1st 2020 – December 17th 2020.

Half term: October 24th 2020

Time: 5.30-7.00pm

Where: Zoom. (Assistance available)

 FEE: First 2 sessions free then optional suggested donation of £3.00 per class.

 Topics include: Writing to inform and entertain; the medium in which a particular style is found; character, setting and plot.

In Advance: Members should bring a novel they have read and be prepared to discuss the style, character & structure, as they see it. We will identify the voice within the piece of work and consider the author’s role.

Please read if possible: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith.

Book a Place: (Limited numbers): helenh@inkfestival.org/ 07917799456

 Queries: Paul Hegarty; alkindsofwritinsuffolk@gmail.com

 

 

Paul is an experienced teacher, actor and director. He has worked as an actor for over 25 years, both in the West End and provincial theatres as well as in TV and radio.

 He is a UK and overseas examiner for a Trinity College London in speech and drama, musical theatre and communication skills. As a teacher of English and Drama he has worked in several central London schools,

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Paul believes writing is fun and is a task to enjoy. Be bold. Come and share your ideas and encourage others, to say the things they only dream. We will create new scripts and perform them and who knows it might even be selected by INK?

 


 


Past Writing Initiatives and  Workshops 2020

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Projects in the Community

 

 

THANK YOU

for supporting our

Norfolk Pen to Performance Project

with AVIVA Community Fund

WE REACHED OUR TARGET OF £3,458.00 and more!!!!!!

The Aviva Pen to Performance Project
PEN TO PERFORMANCE SCHOOLS’ PROJECT

This exciting initiative is to help encourage the unlocking of the creative ideas of students from Year 9 to Year 13, working with a professional drama facilitator and an experienced playwright through two unique workshops. A group of professional actors return to the school to perform a rehearsed reading of the scripts submitted by the participating students, and gives feedback.

Our aim is that this project will inspire more young people to submit short play scripts to the INK Festival, and looking beyond that, to strengthen INKs relationships with teachers and students, and inspire a future generation of creative writers.

Participating schools: Alde Valley Academy, Sir John Leman High School, Bungay High School, Archbishop Sancroft High School.

Student feedback includes:

 ‘It was really interesting to work with industry professionals’

‘I’ve gained confidence in my writing. Thank you INK Team!’

 ‘The thing that I’ve gained most is believing in my own ideas and thoughts’

 ‘The project has helped me improve my writing skills, hopefully it will help me get better grades.

Teachers are equally impressed:

‘This has been a fantastic learning experience for our students, who rarely encounter professional actors or writers … Individual students have developed their script writing skills, been boosted in their self-esteem, and seen the possibilities of careers in writing and drama. THANK YOU! Hugh Pearson, Head of Drama, Arch Bishop Sancroft High School

‘With imaginative writing as a major part of the English Language GCSE … these workshops were invaluable for our students. Having the actors, come in to perform the students’ scripts was an incredible experience for us all … Please, please return next year!’ Dawn Smith, Head of EBACC Faculty, Alde Valley Academy

If you would like more information about the Pen To Performance Schools’ Project or how to get involved please contact: jane@inkfestival.org

 

THE ‘PEN TO PERFORMANCE SCHOOLS PROJECT’ IS BASED ON UNTOLD TALES FROM THE MARINA THEATRE LOWESTOFT/MAKING WAVES INITIATIVE.

 

THE GOLDEN AGE PROGRAMME

INK Libris

In a friendly and supportive environment, participants are encouraged to consider how their own life experiences can inform their writing.  Through a series of writing exercises and group discussions, the participants will create characters; develop plots; and craft dialogue.  The opportunity will be given to create short plays or monologues, which will eventually form part of a ‘script in hand performance’ of the participants’ work by professional INK actors, in front of the workshop members.

 

For further enquiries please contact Helen Hayes, Community Development: helenh@inkfestival.org Tel: 07917 799456

 

GOLDEN AGE IN RESIDENTIAL HOMES

This is a series of workshops especially designed for older people living in residential homes across Norfolk and Suffolk. Participants will be encouraged to explore and share stories from different times in their lives using photographs, storytelling, and songs and with the help of INK facilitators generate stories for new short plays. This will help participants to become more demonstrative about their lives, and keep their memories active. Participants, family members, and carers, will have the opportunity to see those memories and characters come alive in an engaging and thoughtful performance by INK actors.

Funded by Suffolk Community Foundation.

For further enquiries please contact Helen Hayes, Community Development: helenh@inkfestival.org Tel: 07917 799456

 

The Wellbeing Day Centre, Oulton Broad

 

PRISONS PROJECT

CLINK

CLlNK is INK’s new outreach project, which takes scriptwriting into prisons in the East of England.  Through a series of 9 Workshops, actor Ben Elder and writer Griff Scott, will work with individuals to facilitate the creation of scripts on the theme “Voices.”   The final work will be showcased at a performance at the prison, using INK’s professional actors and directors.

 

For further enquiries please contact Helen Hayes, Community Development: helenh@inkfestival.org Tel: 07917 799456

 

 

 

The 2021 INK Festival will be 8th/9th/10th/11th April.

Workshop dates and times will be confirmed soon.

 

WHAT RADIO CAN AND CANNOT DO: AN INTRODUCTION TO WRITING FOR RADIO

Radio Workshop with Professor Richard Hand

Richard Hand is Professor of Media Practice at the University of East Anglia with extensive experience in radio, and more importantly how to write and adapt drama for radio. Participants will be given valuable advice on how to meet the challenges involved in getting their work fit for broadcast.

Richard J. Hand is lead scriptwriter on the National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre on the Air (2019 onwards) which broadcasts on WYPR and NPR in the USA. He has won radio drama competitions at the Penfro Festival, INK Festival and Chatterbox Audio Theatre. 

 

 

A TIME & PLACE: BUILDING STORIES OUT OF THE PAST

Writing Workshop with Greg Mosse

A fascinating workshop about taking inspiration from the past in the writing of new plays, including multiple opportunities for collaboration and sharing new ideas. Following last year’s sold out workshop, Greg Mosse, a ‘writer & encourager of writers’, returns with reflections on the success of Lady of Jazz, set in 1920s Louisiana and premiered at Ink, and the origin of his new Gleadall & Mosse play with songs, The Unquiet Grave. He will invite the participants to contribute their own ideas and help to structure them in powerful sequences of dramatic scenes.

 

 

THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN BEFORE BECOMING A WRITER 

Comedy Writer Jan Etherington in discussion

Whether it’s a book, a play, a drama or a comedy, this workshop will stop you wasting time and give you useful pointers. Jan – an award-winning comedy writer, and Suffolk local — shares insights and practical tips about the craft of structuring and writing scripts. Jan has written extensively for radio and television. Her BBC Radio 4 comedy, Conversations from a Long Marriage, starring Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam, aired recently. And together with her husband Gavin Petrie, she has scripted a number of hits including Second Thoughts, Faith in the Future, and Next of Kin.