Swiss Association of Teachers of English

SATE 2021 November course with Ciara Elizabeth Smyth

The course is now fully booked. You can still register - you will be put on a waiting list and notified if a place becomes available.

Venue: Kantonsschule Solothurn
Date: 25 - 26 November 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (9. a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday)
Fee: CHF 350.- (SATE members CHF 330.-).

Course Description
The SATE November course 2021 will take place in Solothurn on the 25th and 26th of November 2021 and will be hosted by Irish playwright Ciara Elizabeth Smyth. The course will concentrate on writing a Tiny Play with examples from contemporary playwrights. There will be an emphasis on comedy and teaching creative writing to young people, while exploring texts from Alice Birch, Caitriona Daly, Vicky Jones, Deirdre Kinahan and Lynn Nottage. Over the course we will look at exercises designed to develop useful skills in writing for live performance. This will include: Generating Ideas, Loglines, Openings, Refining A Theme, Characterisation, Relationships and Dialogue. As well as developing playwriting skills, we will also discuss Drafting, Writing a One Act Play and The Business of Playwriting. Through examples, discussion, writing and feedback, each participant will be encouraged to write their own Tiny Play (Fishamble model), which is a short play of approximately 600 words.

Ciara Elizabeth Smyth is an award-winning playwright from Dublin. Her plays have been presented by the Abbey Theatre, Fishamble, Dublin Fringe, the MAC Theatre, Project Arts Centre and Bewley’s Cafe Theatre. Currently, Ciara is on commission to adapt her debut play, All honey, (Fishamble New Writing Award 2017) and her 2019 play SAUCE for television, with Buccaneer Media and Maia Pictures, respectively. She is also on commission with NYT Ireland, Fishamble, Lyric Theatre Belfast and Chapter One Pictures. Ciara was the playwright on Rough Magic’s SEEDS 2018-2020 and a recipient of the Next Generation Award 2020 and the Abbey Theatre’s Commemoration Bursary 2021. Ciara is represented by Curtis Brown.

Applications should either be sent directly to the course administrator, Hansueli Müller (mueller.hansueli.1(at), giving your name, full address with postcode, mobile phone number, your school and whether you are a SATE member. Or much easier: fill in the form below!

Please note that the number of places is limited.

Participants are asked to find their own accommodation. This website gives you information on hotels and B&Bs in Solothurn:

There will be an optional communal evening meal on Thursday night. Details will be sent to participants in due time.