How Do I Even Start Writing A Musical?

A workshop with Yve Blake (FANGIRLS)

Sat 3 Dec

How Do I Even Start Writing A Musical?

Want to write a musical? no idea where or how to start?

No problemo bestie. I've been there & I gotchu 😎

In this two hour workshop, I'll share all the tricks, and tools that I've collected over years of writing & re-writing (and re-re-re-writing) FANGIRLS, so that you can unearth your weirdest ideas and make them sing. This workshop is not just suited for people who want to write a full-length musical, but for anyone who wants to write a story that has songs in it.

You'll learn:

πŸ‘‰ How to generate STACKS of ideas for shows, & how to shape them into juicy plots.

πŸ‘‰ Tools to generate ideas for plot, characters, songs, scenes, and even lyrics.

πŸ‘‰ How to write a song even if you can't play a musical instrument - and, how to structure it too!

πŸ‘‰ How to get clear on your POV and your voice as a writer.

πŸ‘‰ Tricks and traps (good traps) for getting to the end of a first draft, how to get un-stuck when you hit a wall!

πŸ‘‰ Tips and tools for re-writing and re-drafting.

😎 This workshop requires ZERO musical 'talent' & ZERO writing experience. All are welcome! 😎


πŸ€” Do I need to bring anything? only something to write with! I recommend paper and pen.

πŸ€” Do I need to come with an idea for a show? Absolutely NOT! we are going to dream up STACKS of ideas for shows.

πŸ€” Will there be a Q&A at the end? 100% there will!

πŸ€” Do I have to be a specific age to attend? no bestie! All ages welcome! Though you'll need a parent or guardian to come with if you're under 18 (they get a free "companion" ticket)

πŸ€” What do I wear? Whatever you like! You’ll be sat down the whole time and doing LOTS of writing, but there won't be any performing or rolling around on the floor.

πŸ€” Will there be masks or social distancing at the in-person workshops? People will be sat next to each other in the auditorium, but we'll only take up about half the seats - so if you'd like to take some space you're welcome to sit up the back :) Masks optional.

πŸ€” What's the deal with the $2 tickets? If you identify as Trans, Disabled or First Nations then these tix are for youuuuuu.

My Bio:

Yve Blake is best known for writing the book, music, and lyrics for the musical FANGIRLS, which has been awarded the 2019 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Mainstage Musical, the 2019 Matilda Award for Best Musical or Cabaret, the 2020 AWGIE award for Music Theatre, the 2021 Green Room Award for New Australian Writing for Musical Theatre, and also scored an Aria Award nomination for Best Original Soundtrack or Musical Theatre Cast Album. She is an alumni of the Royal Court Writers’ Programme, a recipient of the ATYP Rebel Wilson Theatre-maker scholarship, and has been a visiting artist at Princeton University. Her current commissions include a co-written feature film for Aquarius films, a movie musical for Mark Gordon Productions, and a musical series for Fremantle.


Saturday 03 December 2022 11:00am


General Admission $49
Student Concession $39
Trans, Disabled, or First Nations $2
Companion $0


Arrive Early

At least 30 minutes before the show. Our performances start bang on time and it takes a hot second to welcome you into the building.

Under 18s

The Butterfly Club is a licensed venue. Under 18s can only attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.