The New Normal for Now: DSW July Meetup

Meeting in the sunshine was rather different from our usual meetings held in the Museum.  We enjoyed being able to discuss our different experiences of writing (or not writing) and responses to our lockdown experiences.  

Several of us found it difficult to write initially, some \’recovered\’ their muse quicker than others, some confessed to a short writing frenzy, which then stopped –  feast or famine.  Some members have written and read more poetry, some members have been inspired to write about problems which have emerged due to the lockdown experience.  

We enjoyed working together to critique two short scripts and wish RL every success with these pieces.  We look forward to a further meeting – outside in the sunshine.  Date to be confirmed.  

Socially Distanced DSW meetup Sun 12th Jul

Derbyshire Scriptwriters have continued to support each other and critique scripts over recent difficult months.  

Some DSW members will be meeting in a member\’s outdoor space, weather permitting, on Sunday 12th July to critique two short scripts and deal with a short business agenda and have a sociable catch-up.   

Anyone interested in coming should contact the Secretary for details on email:

DSW Members develop skills at Derby Quad

Several lucky DSW members were awarded bursaries from DSW funds and enjoyed two recent workshops at Derby Quad– \’Directing and Performing\’ and \’Scriptwriting from Page to Performance\’.

The morning and the afternoon sessions  were  interesting, helpful and  well timed for DSW as members are looking forward to bringing their own short plays \’from page to performance\’ later this year.

Local writer Tina Jay and Director Jack Brett Anderson were generous and helpful and inspirational. Jack will be Directing Tina\’s current play \’Syndrome\’ at the Tristam Bates Theatre in London in February and we thank them, and wish them every success with the play.

Also thanks to Alex Davies at Quad for hosting these two excellent workshops. 

Anthology launch for DSW member Maria

Congratulations to DSW member Maria for the inclusion of her short story \’The Carpenter\’ in an anthology of work from a recent creative writing course for Good Mental Health and Wellbeing hosted by Chrissie Hall.

Erewash Writers\’ Group received funding from the Small Grants Scheme (Erewash) to help the course happen- the anthology will be launched later this month.

Members News- September2019

Start Your Play in a Day
DSW have been developing a number of exciting short play scripts which came out of the event we hosted at Derby Museum  a while ago.
The scripts have been in development since then and have now been critiqued by the group and also been the focus of an intensive professional workshop \’from page to stage\’ day in collaboration with actors from   Huge \’thank you\’ to them for a great experience.  
We\’re now ready to move on with the project and will be collaborating with talented members of Ilkeston Theatre Company  (  to present an exciting programme of new writing in Erewash at a non arts venue  in 2020. 
New Website for Derbyshire Scriptwriters
Time for a refresh!  Thanks to James our webmeister for his expertise, time and patience in creating our new \’easy on the eye\’ website and we\’re loving our new contemporary 2020 style look.  
Residential Courses 2019 and 2020 
Chrissie Hall DSW Chair will be teaching at Denman College Oxford in the academic year ahead, leading residential courses in Autumn 2019 and a full programme of courses and retreats in 2020.  Take a look at her website for details 
150th Birthday Celebrations!
Nothing to do with writing scripts, but everything to do with having a great time at a party!  Chrissie was lucky enough to be invited to go to Dundee to join in the celebrations hosted by publishers D.C. Thompson as the Thompson family, staff and guests marked the 150th anniversary of the longest running publication in the UK, the iconic \’People\’s Friend\’ magazine in grand Scottish style. Thank you – and here\’s to the next 150 years!

Members News- January 2019

Happy New Year everyone! Derbyshire Scriptwriters started 2019 with our monthly meetup on the first Sunday of January in Derby Museum- as well as discussing two scripts in progress from DSW member John, we had some good news to share:

  • Richard Layton’s play The Devil’s Bride has some additional tour dates on 20th– 21st March 2019 at Theatre Royal, Windsor, and 24th – 25thMay 2019 at New Theatre Royal, Lincoln. Details are at
  • John Briscoe is celebrating the publication of one of his short stories in his writing group\’s current anthology
  • Chrissie Hall will be attending the anniversary party for The People’s Friend at publishers D.C. Thompson in Dundee, as well as leading a Residential Winter Writing Retreat on the 14th at Denman college (\’s also running six creative writing sessions for Derbyshire CC at Ilkeston Library in January and February-
    for more information have a look at the poster below, or call 
    01629 533733
Great work everyone!