Reinventing the Protagonist

Mon 18 July 2022 - Fri 22 July 2022
Tutor / Kaite O'Reilly
Course Fee / From £575 - £675 per person
Genres / FictionHealth & WellbeingNon-FictionPerformancePoetryScriptwritingShort StoriesStorytelling
Language / English

This course is suitable for writers of all genres – from poetry, prose, scriptwriting, and performance – and will aim to offer a boost of fresh perspective into your writing. Using the best examples of poetry, fiction, and plays written by disabled and Deaf writers, group workshops will invite you to consider how to be more inclusive and representative in the creation of characters, perspectives, narratives, and fictional worlds. Through discussions, writing exercises and prompts, you will be encouraged to look at your writing anew. We will challenge the stereotypes, and consider new narratives, reinvented protagonists, surprising endings, and a refreshed language for our work. Led by the internationally renowned writer Kaite O’Reilly, this course will send you home with a new attitude and several new ideas.

Guest speakers will make appearances during the week to talk about their work, and to answer your questions.

This course will be suitable with those with lived experience of not identifying with the stereotypical protagonist, or for those wanting to challenge the norm. We welcome experienced and emerging writers looking to expand their writing toolkit.


Kaite O'Reilly

Kaite O'Reilly

Kaite O’Reilly works internationally as a playwright, dramaturg, and tutor. She won The Ted Hughes Award for New Works in Poetry for her dramatic retelling of Persians, produced by National Theatre Wales in their inaugural year. Other prizes include The Peggy Ramsay Award, The Wales Theatre Award, the Manchester Theatre Award, an Honorary Commendations for the Jane Chambers Award and an Elliot Hayes International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. She was a finalist in the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for women playwrights and has been shortlisted twice for the international James Tait Black Prize for Drama. Her work has been produced in fifteen countries worldwide, most recently Told by the WindLie with Me and peeling. Her critically acclaimed selected plays Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors (2016) and The 'd' Monologues (2018) are both published by Oberon. She teaches dramaturgy at the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore and is patron of DaDaFest. |

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