The Literary Manager’s Toolkit is a clear and comprehensive guide to the role of the literary manager in theatre and beyond, focusing on the key skills, networks, and processes that underpin a successful career in this and associated roles.

This book outlines the tasks and responsibilities of a literary manager in the selection, development, and production of new plays. In the first part, it outlines the how, when, and why of the literary manager’s main activities, equipping the reader with everything that they will need when approaching this role’s central challenges. The second part provides a selection of practical, accessible, and easy-to-follow materials and workshop suggestions for literary managers who will work with playwrights as they develop their creative writing and dramaturgy skills.

This is the go-to resource for the working professional literary manager or dramaturg, and for students on dramaturgy courses in theatre degree programmes.

chapter |6 pages


part |128 pages

Part 1

chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

An evolving and elusive job description

chapter Chapter 2|12 pages

Attracting unsolicited scripts

chapter Chapter 3|14 pages

Systems, Structures, and Approaches

chapter Chapter 4|13 pages


chapter Chapter 5|42 pages

Supporting and Nurturing New Writers

chapter Chapter 6|11 pages

Diversity and inclusion

chapter Chapter 7|11 pages

The Issue of Pay

chapter Chapter 8|2 pages

Life after Literary Management

part |33 pages

Part 2

chapter |2 pages

Workshop 1

chapter |2 pages

Workshop 2

chapter |3 pages

Workshop 3

chapter |3 pages

Workshop 4

chapter |3 pages

Workshop 5

chapter |2 pages

Workshop 6

chapter |2 pages

Workshop 7

chapter |2 pages

Workshop 8

chapter |2 pages

Workshop 9

chapter |7 pages

Useful Teaching Materials