The Writers' Toolkit

Sometimes, it’s useful to take a step back from writing, especially if a play is beginning to feel forced or sluggish. Instead, think about topping-up your inspiration and shifting your focus! Delivered as a one or two-day workshop, or as an evening class, this practical class, based on my forthcoming book, The Writers' Toolkit, focuses simply on the doing - a roadmap for writing and re-writing your play or screenplay.


In this inspiring and interactive workshop, I share a plethora of practical tips, exercises and ideas, designed for playwrights and screenwriters of all levels, including those who are new to the craft. Participants will leave feeling energized and motived to write, armed with a host of new go-to tips and tricks which can be applied to any work-in-progress; or used as a jumping-off point for a new piece of work.

During the workshop, we will explore the art of storytelling, dramatic structure, character creation and writing dynamic dialogue; as well as realising the full potential of plot, subtext and setting.


  • How to get past 'Writer's block' 

  • Trimming the fat - when to stop talking!

  • Arena as characterwhat's in a location?

  • Drama and conflict - raising the stakes

  • Getting to know you - understanding our characters

  • Talking dialogue - keeping it real!


Sessions are supported by visual aids including paper handouts, as well as music and screenings of useful clips, interviews, and scenes.


For an intensive scriptwriting experience, The Writers' Toolkit is usually delivered as a full-day workshop, or a two-day weekend workshop.


The Writers' Toolkit also works really well as a weekly one or two-hour evening class, and can be delivered over any number of weeks - either as a complete course, or a drop-in class.

CASE STUDY / Arts Mission, Dallas, Texas, USA

The sanctuary at the beautiful Arts Mission Oak Cliff was the perfect setting in which to present this workshop in June 2018. Here is what some of the participants had to say about the day...

"If you ever have an idea to write and need help getting started, or if you write all the time and need to infuse some passion into what you do, Paul is the man to help. His writing prompts and exercises will spark your imagination and get you going down the right path. I am so fired up!"

Course participant


"Don't miss the chance to take this workshop! Extremely informative and valuable exercises that were not only fun but super helpful in combating writer's block. "

Course participant


Please get in touch to find out about future Writers' Toolkit workshops near you, or to request this workshop for your theatre, college, or university.


Location Auckland, NZ

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