Scratch Nights + Retreats

For fabulous scripts in the making

Sometimes we all feel we've lost it. Odds are we just need some help or affirmation. Scriptwriters Bath & Co events let you meet others who share your creative insecurities - and passions.

SCRATCH NIGHTS

OUR FIRST SCRATCH NIGHT WILL BE VIRTUAL - ON SATURDAY MAY 30 AT 7.30 PM - PLEASE SUBSCRIBE ON THE HOME PAGE IF YOU WANT TO COME!

The winning entries received on the theme of 'Questions', seen below, will be read and discussed by you, the audience.

WINNERS – SCRATCH NIGHT ONE  (with titles arranged in alphabetical order)

• BROTHER AND SISTER IN A COUNTRY HOUSE – Alexander Richardson
• CONVERSATION FROM A WAKE – Edward Baxter
• HUMAN IN THE BAGGING AREA – Jake Guastella
• QUARANTINE – Jade Jones
• THE TRUTH SERUM – Robert Emlyn Slater
• THE BAND PLAYED ON – Jan Birley
• THE RIGHT LIPSTICK – Éimear O'Neill
• TOO MUCH TOO SOON – Christopher Moore
• WE GO CAMPING – Taiyo Yoshida
• WET FISH – Toby McShane

SCRIPTWRITERS: SUBMISSIONS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD though newsletter subscribers have had a heads-up about the NEXT theme, for the following scratch night. You can sign up using the link below.

About Scratch Nights

Listening to your work is the best way of finding out what sings in tune and what's gone flat, as our actors demonstrate their superb sight-reading skills. All without travelling to London! SB&Co's Scratch Nights will normally take place monthly, on Mondays or Tuesdays, at The Huntsman in central Bath. They allow you to hear your script or screenplay read aloud by SB&Co Actors, then workshopped by supportive audience members.

To enter in future, just send us a suitable script or excerpt when submissions are open. Our scriptreaders will carefully assess every piece before selecting pieces to be read. Please don't be disheartened if yours isn't chosen, or leap to the conclusion that it isn't engaging or well-written. Decisions won't just be based on talent, but to ensure we offer the audience variety.

Sometimes we'll offer four to six shorts or two one-act pieces; the next month we might concentrate on an outstanding full-length play or feature film. Either way, if yours gets the green light we'll let you know in advance, and invite you to introduce it at the event. After the reading you can look forward to rapturous applause (of course!) followed by constructive, moderated debate in a safe environment. We're all on your side.

Each of us benefits from exposure to great new writing, and by formulating and listening to comments, critiques and suggestions. It helps us to improve our own pieces. Writers and actors alike should treat it like a pitch or audition, because you never know who might be listening. You could get commissioned or cast.

If you subscribe to our newletters you'll find out about themes and event dates in advance, so please sign up!

ONE-DAY SB&Co WRITING RETREATS

Our Writing Retreats aren't just for playwrights and screenwriters. All writers - novelists, poets, you name it - are welcome to book, because the day isn't about 'learning'. It's a chance for you to get your head down and... well, write.

Put to one side that your kitchen's a health hazard, there's a Netflix series you need to binge-watch, the kids are fighting again or you really need to repoint the brickwork before creating the next scene, chapter or verse. This is a chance to get your head down without distractions. The biggest domestic dilemma you'll face: which pastry to choose on arrival. 

There's no formal tuition, though writer and copy editor Suzanna Cardash will be on hand to read and comment on scenes or passages, assist with blockers and offer advice.

All you need to bring is your notepad and pen or a laptop - and some great ideas. We provide: desk space at a large table - oven-baked breakfast pastries - unlimited tea and coffee - a scrummy platter lunch - a beautiful and conducive environment - and, not least, the chance to form supportive friendships with other writers. Oh, and a few little treats might be thrown in during the inevitable afternoon lull. (Nobody said chocolate, obviously.)

Imagine a day's productive work in the luxury of the splendid, historic Elder Rooms in Bath, and the company of like-minded writers. Bliss! 

Please sign up for our newsletter to be first to find out when further dates are announced. Questions? Special dietary requirements? Advice on where to stay? No problem. Just drop us an email.

Writing Retreat: £50.00 to include a breakfast pastry, unlimited hot drinks, a shared 'sandwiches and chips' lunch - and oodles of creative camaraderie!