The Civic are accepting applications for TenderWRITE, a two-year development programme for young adults, aged 16 to 24, who are interested in writing for or making theatre. Applications are welcome from Tenderfoot graduates and young people with a creative writing practice. TenderWRITE is facilitated by Veronica Coburn, Tenderfoot’s Programme Director, and Gavin Kostick, Fishamble’s Literary Manager.

There are 12 places available on the TenderWRITE programme.

All participants will complete a full-length play or piece of theatre over the course of the programme through a first, second & final drafting process. Participants will write in their own time. There are 8 TenderWRITE workshops, First Tuesdays, each year, scheduled on the first Tuesday of designated months. Two additional Saturday sessions will be scheduled each year to facilitate Q & A sessions or workshops with guest playwrights and/or theatre trips.

First Tuesdays 2023
April 4th
May 2nd
June 6th
July 4th
September 5th
October 3rd
November 7th
December 5th

First Tuesdays 2024
April 2nd
May 7th
June 4th
July 2nd
September 3rd
October 1st
November 5th
December 3 rd

There is no cost to participation in TenderWRITE. The only cost involved is the purchase of theatre tickets for scheduled theatre trips. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. At a minimum participants must attend 6 out of the 8 scheduled First Tuesdays each year. Participants are expected to work in their own time between sessions so that they make progress throughout the programme. In return, TenderWRITE will work to inspire and guide you and provide you with practical feedback and advice. TenderWRITE is dedicated to nurturing new artistic voices.

To apply, fill out the online application form HERE. You will also be asked to complete a writing exercise and submit a piece of your own creative writing. You can submit a play extract if you are already writing for the stage or a sketch, or if writing for theatre is new to you, you can submit a piece of prose or spoken word or a poem.

Closing date for applications is Friday, March 3rd 2023 @ 5pm.

If you have any queries or issues in completing the form, please contact