Writers Academy – Manchester

Writers Academy – Manchester

Writers Academy – Manchester

Manchester Writers Academy students and tutors meeting on Zoom.
Manchester Writers Academy students and tutors.

In 2020, Yellow Earth launched the Writers Academy, a new initiative to increase the number of British East/Southeast Asian* writers across the UK. The Manchester course was geared to those living in the North West.

From 25 April until 31 October, students met online on the last Saturday of every month, developing their writing skills for live performance and creating a short piece of writing. In addition, there have been monthly Watch Parties, where the participants watch a theatre piece online and then have a video chat to discuss what they have seen.

Meet the tutor: Naomi Sumner

Hello. I’m Naomi, a Manchester based playwright and dramaturg fuelled by salt and vinegar crisps and cups of tea. My work has been performed at theatres across the North of England and in London including York Theatre Royal, CAST, Oldham Coliseum, Arcola Theatre and Theatre 503. My play SAME SAME DIFFERENT was commissioned by Eclipse Theatre and toured to venues across the North of England in 2019.

I lead new writing company Brush Stroke Order and have recently been commissioned by Chinese Arts Now and HOME to create the digital project Wait I’m from Wuhan.

Yellow Earth Academy: Manchester is delivered by Yellow Earth Theatre in partnership with: Contact, HOME, Manchester International Festival (MIF) Royal Exchange Theatre, Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) and The Lowry
Supported by: Manchester School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University

Writers Course is funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and supported by Royal Exchange Theatre.

Financial support to help with travel costs is available through Royal Exchange Theatre Arts Pot scheme.

*British East/South-east Asian: anyone of East or South-East Asian descent living and working in the UK.