Finding a Story Workshops with Philip Meeks

£10 for the full course

Suitable for ages 16+


Are you interested in proactive story-telling, memoir writing, prose writing or are a budding playwright? Then this course is perfect for you!

Through simple exercises this workshop will encourage the exploration of a rule of writing many see as golden…write what you know.  It will help mine an idea from life experience and  building upon this with the aim of writing a short play. Along the way the course will help move the story away from simply biography, looking at how to create dialogue infused with character and ideas, how the action of the play is informed by dialogue and how characters interact. Phillip will advise on how to structure writing to engage an audience and how to handle issues such as exposition and the voices of characters.

The course will run from 6-7.30pm for three fortnightly sessions on 4 June, 18 June & 2 July. 

Please note by booking onto this session, you are also booking the following two workshops/dates. 

FIRST SESSION – You will start with storytelling exercises and sharing stories, working on interpreting other people’s stories.  In the end of this session you will work to take a story and turn it into a piece of dramatic writing in the form of a short monologue.

SECOND SESSION – You will take your first pieces of writing , which will have been worked on in the interim, and learn how to tell the same story with two characters.  This will involve examining how characters in plays should interact.

THIRD SESSION – You will turn your dialogue into a play introducing one or two other characters. Examining how each character has to earn their place, how to deliver the story in the most exciting a fulfilling way and how to enhance the story experience for the audience with characterful moments.


Philip’s recent theatre work includes the play “Harpy” which received its World Premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe starring Su Pollard and is touring the UK in the Spring and Autumn of this year. His latest play for BBC Radio 4, “Nine Bob Notes”, was broadcast July last year and starred Matthew Kelly and featured on the BBC Sounds podcast, Drama of the Week..

“Murder, Margaret and Me” originally premiered in 2012. It’s had productions at York Theatre Royal and Salisbury Playhouse, it’s also been staged in Mexico and New York where it won several awards at the New York Fringe Festival.  It toured the UK in Autumn 2019.

Philip’s plays include the acclaimed ghost story “Edith in the Dark”, the first play to be commissioned by Harrogate Theatre in over twenty years ,“Kiss Me Honey Honey!” which won a Fringe First in 2013 and “Keeping up with the Joans” which was produced by Greenwich Theatre, starring Susan Penhaligon and Katy Manning and had a pre Edinburgh run at the Customs House, South Shields. “Twinkle” premiered in 2006 with Tim Healy and went on to have successful productions at York Theatre Royal and the Everyman Cheltenham.

Philip is currently writing a new play with music based on Frank L Baum’s Oz books for 2020.

“Murder Margaret and Me” and “Edith in the Dark” and both published by Samuel French.

For television Philip spent several years writing “Emmerdale”.  He has developed original series for ITV and World Productions.

Other radio work includes writing several episodes of the hit Radio 4 legal drama Brief Lives, writing regularly for the Big Finish Dark Shadows Audio Plays and developing a continuing series for Audible Originals.


This event is part of The Word’s WRITE Festival which is being held between 23 May – 12 June 2020.

The Festival is jam-packed with events and workshops for people of all ages to enjoy. Find out more by viewing our full WRITE Festival programme at

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