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Meet Amanda Whittington

Amanda Whittington joins TWP as a mentor for two writers to be selected for the Young Writers Programme 2010. Here she introduces herself  and gives three tips to writers.

Amanda Whittington has been described as Britain’s ‘most consistently popular female dramatist’ (The Guardian’). Her plays include BE MY BABY (Soho Theatre), LADIES DAY and LADIES DOWN UNDER (Hull Truck/UK Tours), AMATEUR GIRL (Hull Truck), SATIN ‘N’ STEEL (Nottingham Playhouse/ Bolton Octagon) and BOLLYWOOD JANE (Leicester Haymarket/West Yorkshire Playhouse). Amanda writes regularly for BBC Radio 4 and began her writing career as a journalist.

Three tips:

  • Set out to discover your voice as a writer and concern yourself with the story only you can tell. It doesn’t have to be autobiographical but it needs to show us the world as you see it.
  • Read plays, go to the theatre, be influenced by great writers but don’t try to imitate their style. Take your inspiration from their individuality.
  • Don’t expect to get it right first time. Writing is rewriting. Understand the importance of shaping, cutting, editing and developing your text. Take constructive criticism and be prepared to write many drafts before that voice shines through.

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