Story Starters – Writing from Improv

A Mellow Sunday Writing Class using improvisation as its starting point.

In this class, we’ll use improv as a jumping-off point for your creative writing. An opportunity for you to make yourself turn up, improvise, and write EVERY week.

Inspiration will come from your own, and other people’s improv, and you’ll come out with ideas and starting points to pursue in your own time. It’s a buffet of writing genres, styles and techniques!

Each week, we’ll look at a different aspect of writing, using improvisation exercises and scenes to inspire and develop ideas. The exercises we do on zoom may be familiar to you, but we’ll be using them in a different way – like magpies – stealing what works, what we like and discarding what we don’t.

Areas covered on this course include:

  • Basic story arc and structure
  • Ways to begin and the editor in the head
  • Creating and building character
  • Science fiction & the Fantastic (extraordinary/ordinary)
  • History & Biography
  • Audience and Who’s Telling the Story?

You don’t have to have knowledge of any of these subjects, just turn up, play, and get some words on paper. Any form of writing is fine: prose, poetry, or something performative.

Toward the end of the course, you will also have the opportunity to send in a piece of writing for peer review (using constructive and positive guidelines), should you so choose.

Who’s this for?

Improvisers who write, or want to write, but need a butt-kick

Who’s teaching it?

Jenny Rowe (The Maydays / Impromptu Shakespeare)

This course runs for 6 weeks from 7th June, 1 pm-3.30 pm each week in a zoom room.


General: £120.00
NHS/Concession/Unwaged: £100.00
General plus donation: £200.00


Jen trained at ACT Brighton and now teaches there on a regular basis. Her credits include dreamthinkspeak (Underground) and Fringe-first nominated Bite-size Plays. She has toured with The Foundry Group and played Ero in The Widow’s Tears for the Shakespeare’s Globe ‘Read Not Dead’ series. She is an actor, voiceover artist, writer and teacher, having...
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