PORT ELIZABETH SCRIPT WRITING WORKSHOPS
The Performing Arts network of Southern Africa (PANSA) is running a script writing workshop in Port Elizabeth on the weekend of 4 and 5 February 2017. While this is partly to help aspirant scriptwriters polish their plays for the 2017 Reading of New Writing Festival, a nationwide scriptwriting competition, the workshop is also open to anybody interesting in developing their talent as a scriptwriter.
Workshop venue: Savoy Theatre & Conference Centre, conner Diaz Road & Stirk Road, Port Elizabeth.
Times: 9:00 to 16:00. Refreshments and lunch provided. For more information, contact Margaret 074 918 6105.
The workshop is free to paid-up members of PANSA. If you are not already a member, you will have a chance to complete a membership form at the door and pay the R150 annual subscription fee. For writers who do not want to join PANSA, the cost will be R400 for the workshop.
For those who missed the original announcement of the 2017 Reading of New Writing Festival, this is a nationwide scriptwriting competition with cash prizes for regional winners, who will then go on to a national competition. The deadline for scripts is midnight 12 Feb. The reading of the plays of the shortlisted writers will take place over a weekend in four regions. The best script from each regional competition will go forward to the National final. The 2017 scriptwriting competition was made possible by a grant of R1.8 million from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).
Prizes and Awards:
- Best writer R20 000
- Runner up R10 000
- Honourable mention R5 000
- Best writer R20 000
- Subsidy for full production of winning script R75 000
PANSA is a national network of performing arts practitioners, technical/stage workers, designers, administrators, educators, organisations, institutions and service providers. The organisation was established in June 2001 to unite the industry and work towards the collective interests of the performing arts community.
As a member driven organisation, we aim to build a growing and supportive audience for an inclusive and united Performing Arts industry which is actively engaged in promoting and celebrating the industry’s achievements.
What PANSA Does:
- We provide information and advice through our website, Facebook and Twitter, and email newsletters.
- We maintain a database of industry practitioners, companies and facilities that enables networking and marketing across the country.
- We facilitate networking and skills development opportunities for the industry to connect, and grow their skills and business acumen.
- We advocate on behalf of the industry for better working conditions, sustainable remuneration and more open and transparent industry relationships.
- We monitor and make recommendations on government policy and build positive relationships with public sector bodies.
- We provide support for research of the industry to generate an accurate picture of its internal and external impact
- We work towards building a bigger and better performing arts industry … together.