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Introduction to Playwriting – 10 weeks

Introduction to Playwriting – 10 weeks


  • Tue 2 Aug, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Tue 9 Aug, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Tue 16 Aug, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Tue 23 Aug, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Tue 30 Aug, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Tue 6 Sep, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Tue 13 Sep, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Tue 20 Sep, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Tue 27 Sep, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Tue 4 Oct, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
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Howick Little Theatre, 1 Sir Lloyd Drive, Pakuranga



Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $200.00
  • Buy Tickets – 09 534-1401


HLT’s website

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Delivered as a 10-week evening class, this course is a stimulating and inspiring introduction to the craft of playwriting, delivered by a working playwright and experienced tutor. Through weekly workshops based on Paul’s book, The Writer’s Toolkit, sessions will cover the fundamental elements of playwriting, including dramatic structure, the creation and function of character, how to write dynamic dialogue, crafting a compelling plot, and much more.

Outside the group sessions, participants will apply the skills learnt to write a ten-minute play. Participants will benefit from private online tutoring sessions (2 x 15-minutes each) to advance their script ahead of a staged reading in the final session.

Participants will complete the course armed with a fully developed ten-minute play, plus a toolkit of tricks and devices to inspire future work.

- A suggested reading list will be supplied before the course starts.
- See the full course outline for more information and the week-by-week schedule.

You’ll Need: A pen and an A4 writing pad
Punctuality and a commitment to meet delivery deadlines in required.

Paul Kalburgi is an award-winning British playwright, screenwriter, and television producer. He received his MA (Writing for Screen & Stage) from the School of Drama, Film & Media at Regent's University, London and studied Story Analysis for film through the Writer's Program at UCLA.

Recent screenwriting credits include Clint Eastwood: Hollywood Outlaw (REELZ Channel, USA), Shortland Street (TVNZ, New Zealand), The Price of Fame (REELZ Channel, USA / Channel 5, UK). As a producer, Paul has made programmes for a host of networks in the UK and USA since 2007, across genres including celebrity/reality, docudrama, documentary, lifestyle, factual entertainment and local news.

Select playwriting credits include Broadway or Bust (Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas), In The Tall Grass (Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Dallas – Winner ‘Outstanding New Play’ DFW Theater Critics Forum, 2018), Maxine (Stockwell Playhouse, London and Times Square Art Center, New York), Almost The Birthday Party (Etcetera Theatre, London – published by Lazy Bee Scripts) and The Countess (Blue Elephant Theatre, London).

Download a registration form from the Workshops page on the HLT website and return it to the office ( to book your place.

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