Conor McKee is a Manchester-based playwright and producer from Northern Ireland and an experienced provider of workshops and seminars.
As a workshop/ seminar provider, Conor has chaired the Scriptworks writers group in Manchester for the last two years. Scriptworks uses professional actors to drive script investigation and feedback workshops. Sessions run on Mondays at Contact, Manchester and are available to other venues and establishments by arrangement. Further details are available at www.scriptworks.net
Conor has provided new writing sessions in venues including Contact and The Arden School of Theatre in Manchester; Bluecoat Chambers and The Lantern in Liverpool, Tara Arts in London, Brindley in Runcorn, The Continental in Preston, The Lantern in Liverpool and Salford Arts Theatre.
Conor offers two main seminars: The Dramatist’s Toolkit and Finding Your Own Voice. These can be adapted to create a bespoke seminar/ workshop as required.
Additional seminars/ workshops reflecting the working practice of Scriptworks and the actor-involved development process of his 2010 touring play Burnt are also available.
The Dramatist’s Toolkit (1-1½ hours) is a whistlestop tour of the techniques and processes used to create drama, and what makes writing drama distinct from other forms of writing. The session covers dramatic structure and scene design as well as character, theme and narrative drive. Through application of these techniques to their own practice, the attendee will be able to write authentic pieces, drawn from their own knowledge and experience.
Finding Your Own Voice (2 -2½ hours) explores how a writer can use the form of drama to explore what is closest to them, be these social/ personal issues, political or emotional themes. Through exercises and insight the workshop encourages each attendee to identify the issues that matter to them, and demonstrates how to approach, investigate, excavate and explore these individual concerns.
Bespoke Seminars and Workshops (Times to suit) these can be adapted from existing workshops or designed afresh to suit.