Slate Writers Group

Eight session course

Mondays: 2, 9, 16 & 23 July and 3, 10, 17 & 24 September

1 – 4pm

FREE (apply by Fri 22 Jun)

York Theatre Royal

Slate Writers Group is aimed at talented and ambitious Black* writers who create text-based work. You must live in the north of England to apply. You might not have had work produced yet but you must have written at least one play (45+ minutes). The group is devised and facilitated by leading dramaturg Ola Animashawun.

“The theatre I like most makes me laugh, gasp, shout out and lean forward - not all necessarily in equal measures, but they are all in the mix. Ultimately, those ingredients combine in such a way as to compel me to act.  To get on my feet and applaud and then to go out into the street and roar.  So that's why I do what I do, to inspire writers to write and make theatre that I like. I'm really looking forward to the Slate Writers Group and starting another new adventure.”
- Ola Animashawun


What will you get?

-   Expert guidance from one of the country’s leading theatre makers

-   Encouragement and support to write a full-length play

-   Detailed feedback on your completed script

-   Travel bursary toward the cost of travel to and from the sessions

-   Materials bursary toward the cost of play texts and stationery

-   Ticket bursary to allow you to see work whilst you’re a member of the group

-   Refreshments will be provided during the sessions

To apply, please submit: 

-   an example of your work, whatever shows your writing at its very best

-   50-100 words about an idea for a play that you’d like to write/are currently working on

-   a short statement explaining why you're applying and what you hope to get from the course. You can submit your statement in writing or you can send it as an audio or video file

-   a completed equality monitoring form, attached here


Apply by sending the above to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 6pm on Fri 22 Jun. Successful applicants will be notified on Mon 25 Jun.

Access costs will be covered for group members that require support to enable them to participate.

*To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalized for their race or ethnicity.

About Ola Animashawun

Ola Animashawun is the Creative Director of Euphoric Ink, a Connections Dramaturg for the National Theatre, Associate Dramaturg for Eclipse Theatre and Artistic Associate at Shop Front Theatre – Theatre Absolute.

2008 – 2018: Royal Court Theatre, Artistic Associate. 

1998 – 2008: Founder and former Head of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, including the creation of the Critical Mass Playwriting Programme in 2004, designed to create a critical mass of black, minority ethnic writers for contemporary Britain – repeated in Birmingham, Coventry and Brighton and later extended to embrace British born and based Muslim, South East Asian, Chinese and Somali writers. Directing credits include shows at The Royal Court Theatre, The RSC, The Belgrade Theatre, Theatre Absolute – Shop Front Theatre, Talawa Theatre Company and The Arcola Theatre. He recently set up a brand-new playwrights group The Inkubator in London and has led a series of intensive classes and courses on playwriting for the BBC Writersroom, National Theatre, Belgrade Theatre, Graeae Theatre Company, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Central St. Martins.

Slate Writers Group