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Paula B Stanic: 5 tips for establishing yourself as a playwright

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Paula B Stanic is a playwright. Her work includes What’s Lost (winner of the 2008 Alfred Fagon Award), Six Minutes (Everything Must Go, Soho Theatre), Pancras Boys Club (co-written with Ben Musgrave and David Watson) and Monday (shortlisted for the 2009 John Whiting Award). Stanic has written short plays for the Soho Theatre, the Bush Theatre, Tangle and Islington Community Theatre. She is currently on attachment at the National Theatre Studio. Here are her five tips for establishing yourself as a playwright…

1. Do your groundwork

Research companies, theatres, arts centres… everywhere work goes on and everyone who produces it. Go to see as much as you can afford to and read. Find out what type of work companies do and where your work fits in.

2. Grease your contacts

Keep in contact with people you meet, especially if they like your work.

3. Have purpose

I think knowing your reason for writing helps. It helps you to talk in meetings and keeps you going when things get tough.

4. Do it your way

Discover and work the way that’s best for you and don’t listen to myths about writers getting work instantly. Many write for years, and need other part time jobs to keep them going. Do other work you’re proud of.

5. Perservere

Write, re-write, re-write, re-write. Keep practising, keep learning. Really, just keep writing.

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