GSCA announce Dave Duggan writing workshop

Award-winning writer, Dave Duggan. (200412JC1)
Award-winning writer, Dave Duggan. (200412JC1)

Greater Shantallow Community Arts are delighted to offer a unique opportunity for writers to explore writing for the stage, in partnership with award-winning writer Dave Duggan.

Aimed at practising and aspiring writers, this ‘Writing for the Stage’ workshop will begin with participants writing a draft dramatic dialogue for the stage. Challenges, problems and opportunities revealed by this draft, as well as in the current work of the participants, will, under Dave Duggan’s stewardship, be explored, developing stronger understanding of the craft of writing for the stage.

The workshop will take place in the ARC Centre Galliagh, 65 Galliagh Park, Derry, on Saturday, October 13, from 10.30am-3.30pm.

Dave said: “This is an opportunity for writers to explore stage writing and also to focus on problems in plays currently under-way. It is suitable for writers already working in the form or new to it. There will be an opportunity to consider theatre writing for sites other than on stage.”

Oliver Green manager of Greater Shantallow Community Arts said: “We are again delighted to be working with a writer of Dave Duggan’s reputation and to be offering this unique opportunity here in the heart of our local communities for writers to enhance their work.”

Dave Duggan is a dramatist and novelist, whose writing for the stage includes Still, The Blackbird Sings (Playhouse Derry, 2010) Cú Dé (The Abbey Theatre, rehearsed reading, 2009) and Gruagairí (Aisling Ghéar, 2009), which received a Stewart Parker Trust Award. Dave also writes dramas for radio, tv, film and on-line. He blogs at and news of his work can be found at

The workshop is open to adult writers, both practising and aspiring. Places are limited so book early by contacting Paul at GSCA on: 71 357443 or by email to: The workshop costs £15 and refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland & Lloyds TSB Foundation.