July 12-August 8, 4 weeks


The course is an introduction to playwriting and consists of both teacher-led lessons and your own writing time. You who participate will have the opportunity to try out dramatic writing and develop your own writing project under the guidance of a professional playwrighter. The course will also introduce different forms of dramatic text, and invite discussions about what really makes a text scenic. The lessons will include the basics of play writing, which are alternated with shorter writing exercises, common play readings and discussions about different kinds of texts. This is followed by two weeks of independent writing with access to supervision. During the weekend that follows, we will meet for joint text talks, as the work with our own texts continues. The course ends with a reading (for those who want) on 7/8 during the festival weekend at NORDISKT LJUS. 

The course is aimed at those who have some experience of creative writing, but have not necessarily tried to write drama. You who are applying are curious about dramatic text, and have the ability to run your own writing project for a short time. 

Dates: July 12-August 8 (4 weeks)

Initial writing week: July 12-16 (5 days)

Text meeting: July 30-August 1 (3 days) 

Public reading: August 7

2600 SEK including course fee, accommodation & food (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) during the introductory writing week (4 nights), the text meeting (2 nights) and the festival weekend at NORDISKT LJUS (2 nights). If you choose not to live at the school, you pay a course fee of 200 SEK. 

If you wish to stay at the school throughout the month and attend several courses, it costs SEK 5800, including accommodation, food and course fees.

If you live in another Nordic country than Sweden you receive a 15% discount on ackommodation and board!

Language: The course is taught in Swedish, but you who write in English, Norwegian or Danish can also join. 

Teacher: Manda Stenström 

Manda Stenström is a playwrighter and dramaturge who in recent years has written plays for, among others, Ung scen / öst, Estrad Norr and Riksteatern's LÄNK project. She is currently employed part-time as dramaturge for Ung Scen / öst at the same time as she writes for Teater Västernorrland. Manda has a degree from the Theater Academy in Malmö's dramaturgy program (2011-2014) and has also studied at the Biskop Arnös playwriting program.