Online Improv Intensive: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

a picture of Jen Rowe on stage with other improvisers. on the left the nursery and the maydays logo's with the text: writing science fiction, 3 day summer intensive with jen rowe. online, pen level. 3 dys from 20th july, 4 to 7 pm, UK time

Online Improv Intensive: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy


About this event

Improv to Writing: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Writing Intensive

The class uses improvisation to inspire creative writing – by exploring Sci-fi & fantasy (which may include dystopian, utopian, steampunk, post-apocalyptic, the fantastic etc. Think N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season to Ray Bradbury’s short stories, Game of Thrones to The Handmaid’s Tale, Arrival to Star Wars.)

In this elective, aimed at improvisers who write (or want to write), we’ll play games and scenes inspired by the genre. Then, through timed writing exercises, aim to come away with some great ideas, characters and openers for fiction stories.

Each three-hour class will include at least one hour of writing time. There will be an optional private document where you can share work with your teacher and peers for the duration of the course and over the following fortnight.

What to expect:

  • Improvising scenes and games inspired by the genre
  • Writing for set amounts of time
  • Coming away with writing to work on in your own time
  • Sharing ideas and working collaboratively

Min. participants 6, max. participants 12. If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24 hours notice.

Jen Rowe trained at ACT Brighton and has regularly taught there, as well as Brighton ICT, Chichester Festival Theatre LEAP programme and for Refugee Radio. Her credits include dreamthinkspeak (Underground) and Brighton Fringe ’19 Best Play winner, Clean. She has toured with The Foundry Group, played in the Shakespeare’s Globe ‘Read Not Dead’ season and performed numerous Shakespeares at Brighton Open Air Theatre. She is an actor, voiceover artist, writer and teacher, having worked with the BAFTA-nominated Treason Show Productions and, as a hula-hooping, crash-helmet-wearing starlet walkabout act for Twisted Dreams street theatre.

This Open 3-day Intensive runs Tues-Thurs, 20-22 July, 4 pm – 7.00 pm BST


Open – A class for anyone, regardless of their improv experience. Although more experienced players are of course welcome, the content does not require any prior improv knowledge.

Scholarships and Bursaries:

We offer full and partial scholarships for all online courses in order to make sure that the fun and community of improvisation is available to as many people as possible across the globe.

You are encouraged to apply if you would not normally be able to:

  • Afford these courses
  • Be unlikely to attend a course for any other reason

No set criteria

Apply for any course that is live on the Maydays or Nursery website

Closed captioning is available in all of our classes and courses. If you need any information on how to access this in zoom, please contact [email protected]

Headshot of The Maydays Jen Rowe.
Jen Rowe Jen trained in acting at ACT Brighton and joined The Maydays in 2006. Since then, she has trained with myriad improv-greats in Europe and the USA. She teaches and performs around the world, and has a special interest in using improv techniques to inspire creative writing. As an improviser, she also performs and...
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