The Drama Works – Writing for Stage

This comprehensive four-day workshop guides the participants through a series of precisely patterned exercises, which demonstrate the essential elements of the dramatist craft such as structure, conflict development, character, etc. It is suitable for beginners to more experienced writers and those who are interested in dramatic and performance texts.


During the first day, we will develop a shared vocabulary and ensure that each participant has a strong idea for their performance text.

The following days, there will be further exercises, and a supportive tutor lead will give critical feedback, accompanied by a peer to peer interaction. It will aid each writer to develop their ideas throughout the workshop.

The weekend will be free for writing with no lessons.

The workshop culminates in the final day’s pitching session, an intense and professional but also supportive atmosphere, where participants present a detailed synopsis for feedback and evaluation.  

Prof. John von Düffel and David Spencer have decades of experience in elite German, American, British, and Austrian theatre, training, and performance institutions. This experience and extensive knowledge were enhanced by the awareness and sensitivity they have gained through their struggles writing within the dramatic form.

The course runs in English, but both tutors speak German fluently.

David Spencer, born in Halifax, is a dramatist and creative writing tutor at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Burgtheater Wien, and the Berlin University of Arts. His numerous plays were performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Volksbühne Berlin.

Prof. John von Düffel, born in Göttingen, is one of the leading dramatists of German theatre, working as an author and dramaturg for the major theatres such as the Thalia Theater Hamburg (2000-2009) and the Deutsches Theater Berlin (since 2009). He is also a professor for dramatic writing at the Berlin University of Arts. He has adapted several novels as well as contemporary texts for the stage.

Run period:
09.09.2021 – 14.09.2021
(during we: free time for writing)
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 460

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