Steve Waters Workshop

This event has been rescheduled to 19 September 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis. It will now be held over Zoom rather than face-to-face.


Writing a play from first idea to final draft with Professor Steve Waters

Learn the role of dramaturgy, draft, making a scene stronger and distributing story with Steve Waters, Professor of Scriptwriting at UEA.

Following our popular 2019 workshop, where Steve Waters, acclaimed playwright and Professor of Scriptwriting at the University of East Anglia, engaged attendees with his tips on how to plot a story, we have invited Steve back to deliver another workshop on writing a play from first idea to final draft.

This course is suitable for anyone writing a play, thinking of writing a play or hoping to write a play. The workshop will be highly interactive, with a mix of exercises, feedback and group discussion.


  • How to get and grow ideas
  • The role of dramaturgy
  • What is a draft
  • Making a scene stronger
  • Distributing story

Date: Saturday 19 September 2020 from 10am to 1pm

Prices: £25 for members and £30 for non-members

Location: Zoom (You will be sent a link nearer to the time)

Booking: If you’d like to book a space, or would simply like more information, please e-mail Once you have reserved your place, you will be sent details of how to make your payment, which must be received by Saturday 12 September.

Refund Policy: WRiTEON regrets that it cannot, in general, offer refunds in the event of cancellation by individuals, however an exception will be made for those cancelling due to COVID-19 concerns

Tutor profile

Steve Waters is an acclaimed playwright and writer for screen and radio; his plays include ‘Limehouse’ starring Roger Allam (2017) and ‘Temple’ starring Simon Russell Beale (2015), both at the Donmar Warehouse London; other work includes his prescient play about climate change ‘The Contingency Plan’ first seen at the Bush in 2009. Steve’s plays have been seen all over the world and he has worked with theatres across the UK; he also writes regularly for radio with recent work including the nine-part ‘Fall of the Shah’ for the World Service in 2019, ‘Saving the Blue’ for Radio 4 in 2017, ”Deep Swimmer’ in 2016 and two plays for Radio 3, ‘Scribblers’ in 2015 and ‘Bretton Woods’ in 2014. Steve runs the MA in Creative Writing: Script at UEA and wrote ‘The Secret Life of Plays’. He is published by Nick Hern books.