Dorothy Max Prior is a highly experienced teacher and workshop leader, and a visiting lecturer at numerous academic institutions including Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance (UK) and UNICAMP (Brazil).


She teaches courses and workshops in writing for performance, physical and devised theatre and dance, site-responsive performance, and dramaturgy. She also teaches creative writing, cultural commentary and arts journalism.


Past bookings include London International Mime Festival, London International Workshop Festival, Sacred Festival London, Tenuta dello Scompiglio in Italy, Ficho Festival Guadalajara, Actors Space Barcelona, LUME Teatro Campinas Brazil, and MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som), Sao Paulo Brasil.  

Further information/bookings for workshops in theatre/performance and for enquiries and bookings for distance-learning courses in creative writing, cultural commentary and arts journalism email: 

dorothymaxprior@gmail.com  | Tel/WhatsApp: +44 7752 142526


Winter/Spring 2021

Writing Workshops and Courses with Dorothy Max Prior

Here’s news of my weekly writing classes for early 2021 – plus a new venture, The Writing (Zoom) Room, a series of one-day or weekend workshops. Looking forward to meeting you (or re-meeting you) sometime this spring.


For the Ready, Steady, Write! course and Inventing the Truth: An Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction workshop, both run by Evolution Arts, book via www.evolutionarts.org.uk




For all other courses run by Aurelius Productions, email me on dorothymaxprior@gmail.com 


Ready, Steady, Write!

Evolution Arts

An eight-week Creative Writing course

Zoom sessions Tuesdays 19 January to 9 March 2021, 6–8pm

£168/£128 concs.


Prose fiction, life writing, poetry, creative non-fiction, drama – it’s all possible! 


This eight-week course is open to writers, or would-be-writers, keen to develop a regular writing habit. You’ll be encouraged to play with form and to find your writer’s voice.

The weekly classes will be held on Zoom, and reading and writing assignments will be set to stimulate the imagination and to nurture creativity. The group size will be limited to allow everyone the opportunity to receive feedback and encouragement.  Absolute beginners and experienced writers are all very welcome!


Book here: https://evolutionarts.org.uk/ready-steady-write-creative-writing-online-course-brighton 


Inventing the Truth: Supersonic Level!

Aurelius Productions

A twelve-week course for experienced writers (by invitation only)

Zoom sessions Wednesdays 13 January to 31 March 2021, 5–7pm

Sliding scale: £150–£200


In this follow-on course for writers with at least one year’s experience of regular writing, we will continue to find or develop ways of reflecting on our own life and other lives, to hone writing skills; and to use writing to explore the ‘real world’ – whatever that might mean! The starting point is true life stories – but you can take this into whatever direction feels good for you. For some, that will be memoir. For others, it will fictionalised autobiography or short stories or essays. Or perhaps you are aiming for an amazing new hybrid form of writing combining different elements! Specifically, you will be working on your own project of choice. You’ll set goals for the term, and be encouraged to meet them. This course is open by invitation only to my former students who want to take their writing onto the next level in a safe and supported environment. Course numbers capped at eight.


The Writing {Zoom) Room

A series of one-day or weekend workshops run by Aurelius Productions

10.30 am to 4.30pm


Enquiries: email dorothymaxprior@gmail.com 


All  of the below workshops will include four Zoom sessions, interspersed with writing exercises done off-line to inspire you and kick-start your writing, and the group size will be limited to allow everyone the opportunity to receive feedback and encouragement. 

Editing for Writers



Questions about editing come up frequently in my writing classes, regardless of whether we are talking about fiction or non-fiction, writing books, writing for magazines, or blogging. Some of the most frequent questions include:


What do writers need to know about editing?

How much editing does the writer need to do?

What do editors actually do?

What are the usual editing processes for print publishing?

Is this different for online?

What about self-publishing?


This practical one-day intensive will cover as much ground as we can as we try to answer the above questions and more!  There will be pragmatic guidance on self-editing processes, to include: grammar and punctuation, formatting, fact-checking, and the legal stuff.

You’ll get some handy notes to keep for future reference, too.


Publishing for Writers 



You’ve written – or you are writing – a book or a short story or a piece of long-form journalism. Now what? How do you get it out into the world? Come along and enjoy a day exploring the different options. The workshop will include reflection on:


Preparing your work for publication

Working with editors

The role of literary agents

How the major publishing houses work

Small press publishing 

Magazines and newspapers

Self-publishing options

Blogging and other online outlets 

Broadcast, vlogging and podcast


This will be a focused practical workshop, aimed at writers with some experience who are intending to publish their work at some point. You certainly don’t need to have a finished product to explore your publishing options!


Writing for Performance – a two-day taster

Saturday 27 March & Sunday 28 March 2021

Book for one day only (27 March) at £52/£42 concs

Book for two days (27 & 28 March) at £80/£70 concs.


This two-day course will take an alternative look at writing for performance. It will start with the premise that there is more, much more, to writing for performance than the well-written play – although we will of course discuss what that means; and look at a few examples, classic and contemporary. But we will also venture into other territories, including: performance poetry, storytelling, reminiscence theatre, community theatre co-creation, radio plays, performance art texts, and scripting devised theatre.  Open to writers and theatre -makers/performers with any level of experience.


Tutor Dorothy Max Prior is a published non-fiction writer who has written about theatre, performance, art and music for over 30 years. She is editor of Total Theatre Magazine www.totaltheatre.org.uk and is also an experienced theatre writer, dramaturg and director working across the UK, Europe and South America. Her performance work has been presented at major arts festivals across the UK and worldwide. www.dorothymaxprior.com 


Testimonials from former students: 


‘Max is very positive and encouraging.’

‘Inspirational and relevant.’ 

‘The other students were respectful and kind and interesting. Max offered incisive feedback and was an inspiration.’ 

‘I liked the relaxed atmosphere.’

‘Knowledgeable tutor! Constructive criticism and time for everyone’s work to be heard and critiqued.

‘Positive environment, great teacher, interesting group.’


Please pay for Aurelius Productions courses or workshops by BACS to:


Account name: Aurelius Productions CIC

Sort code: 401401

Account number: 31536613


Aurelius Productions is registered as a Community Interest Company with Companies House. Company registration number: 9200124


Bookings and enquiries:

aureliusproductions@gmail.com  | Tel/WhatsApp: +44 7752 142526

Aurelius Productions is registered as a Community Interest Company with Companies House. Company registration number: 9200124

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