"John has a writer’s understanding of structure, texture, character and tone blended with a director’s eye and ear for a quality of performance that will make an audience not just think but also, crucially, feel.''

Owen Sheers, writer

The fee for the course is £2,750

There are subsidised two bursary places available that offer a 50% discount for unwaged writers or those under the age of 25.


Applications are open now. Places fill up quickly, so early application is encouraged.


Admission is by interview, plus an extended sample of the applicant’s written work.


No academic qualification is required and the course is open to anyone over 18.


The objective is to form diverse and highly motivated groups.​ The group will be restricted to eight writers, ensuring close personal attention to each individual throughout the year.

To apply, please send the following to

  • Your name, telephone number and address

  • A covering letter and a brief CV

  • Two samples of your written work, in any genre, neither exceeding 20 pages in length

  • An indication of whether you wish to apply for the afternoon course (A) or evening course (B)

You will be contacted within two weeks of your application having been received.

Interviews take place in Oxford.

If you have any questions, please e-mail John at the above address.

Ruskin Theatre Platform, 2016

Photography by Stuart Allsopp and Geraint Lewis. Website by Alexandra Coke.

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