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Saturday 28th September 2019 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.

TOPIC:  Adapting Poems into Plays for the Radio and Stage.

VENUE: Suffolk Anthology Bookshop 17 Suffolk Parade Cheltenham.  

COST: £20 pay on the day. Email in advance to reserve a place if possible:

FORMAT: The workshop will be a practical guide to adapting – explaining structure and the techniques used, followed by the practical application of this to poems brought in by poets attending the workshop. Suggested length of these poems, maximum two pages, but no minimum length.



The workshops and master classes are given by the writer Caroline Summerfield. Her first novel, Letters of Junius, adapted from her stage play by the same name, made the top twenty  list for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews First Novel Award in 2016.

Caroline studied scriptwriting and directing at RADA and was awarded a Masters in Research in Playwriting by the University of Birmingham. Her play Prophecy was long-listed in 2016 for the Bruntwood; in 2017 for the Old Vic 12; and in 2018 made her a finalist for the Terence Rattigan Playwrights’ Award, long-listed for the London Bread and Roses Theatre’s Playwrights’ Award 2018 and listed for the top 15 plays for the Bristol Old Vic’s Open Submission. Also in 2018,  her  play Dead Girl Walking made the top six shortlist with the Finborough Theatre’s ‘Introduce Yourself’.

Caroline’s plays have been produced at London’s West End Studio Theatre the Jermyn Street, Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre, the Birmingham REP’s DOOR Theatre, Herefordshire Open-Air Theatre Canwood and this year’s 6th Stroud Theatre Festival.


Venue :  The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop 17 Suffolk Parade Cheltenham 

Price   :  £20 per 2 hour session. You pay on the day


What writers say about WDW workshops:

“Outstanding, I wanted to write and write after the workshops”

“These workshops are exceptional”

“I learnt more at these workshops than I have ever learnt at any other workshop” 

Writers attending these workshops have gone on to have their work broadcast, produced and published.

Examples of our writers’ workshops:

  • Finding Your Voice – An Introduction To Playwriting
  • How to Shape and Structure A Play ?
  • Structuring a Play Through Character
  • The Function and Purpose of Characters
  • Dialogue and How to Edit Your Script
  • The Monologue/Solo Play
  • The Writer in Research
  • The Art of Adaptation
  • Writing for Radio
  • The Writer in Rehearsal
  • Practical Exercise The Interview – Establishing A Character
  • Practical Exercise – The Witness – The Art of Story Telling
  • Practical Exercise – A Game of Consequences – Creating Dramatic Dialogue
  • Practical Exercise – A Journey Through My senses – Pushing The Boundaries Of Your Writing
  • Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House – writing unforgettable heroines.
  • Making plays from newspaper stories
  • Writing a political play
  • How to re-write your play?
  • Making plays from newspaper stories
  • Writing a political play
  • How to re-write your play?
  • Structure/unforgettable characters and Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House
  • Writing through improvisation – master classes with improvisation for writers, directors and actors.

If you have a story to tell and love theatre, TV, film or radio plays, then my workshops are for you, whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer. My students have included absolute beginners, through to poets, novelists, postgraduates and PhD researchers – all have found them highly stimulating and enjoyable.

All workshops/ master classes include industry top tips. They are of two-hour duration. The first half considers theory and practice, the second involves practical writing exercises.  They are  held on Saturday mornings and afternoons at The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop 17 Suffolk Parade Cheltenham in blocks of four sessions.  Home made tea coffee and cakes are available. If you are interested in joining these or trying one out, please email Caroline at:

Master Classes and Showcases are held at Parmoor House

13 Lypiatt Terrace Lypiatt Road Cheltenham GL50 2SX.


Caroline is an experienced dramaturg and happy to review both first and subsequent draft stage scripts to help you achieve the final draft.  She offers a read through and face-to-face meeting in which a dramaturgical overview of the script will be given followed by specific questions which are then discussed with you the writer.  Caroline does not provide written reports but instead offers a Q&A discussion with the writer, which  based on experience is so much more useful for the writer to produce a revised script.    Her hourly charge is £35. If you have a script which you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to contact Caroline at :


Caroline is an experienced director and is happy to direct professional productions at the ITC rate. If you have a project which you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to contact Caroline at :