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Workshops: Scene By Scene

Scene by Scene  - Playwriting Workshops in Developing A Scene or Short Play

After the success of our playwriting workshops with Glasgow Libraries in 2019 & our one day workshop in 2023 & in March 2024 we are delighted to return to the Mitchell Library to bring you a set of  workshop to develop a specific scene or short script  and inspire any blocks in a play that you may be writing or are wanting to get off the ground.  We will also spend time talking about key tips in getting work out there and funded. 


This workshop is aimed at early/mid stage writers and those who may have been writing in other areas.


It will also include tailored feedback for scenes. 


The workshop will be held at The Mitchell Library on Saturday 6th April and Saturday 11th May 10 - 5pm.   You can attend one or both. 


To Apply please  email by Thursday 5th April at 5pm with a bit about you and why you would like to take part.  You can also send a max 10 page script extract to support this.

About the Workshops


Run by playwright and Creative Director of In Motion Lisa Nicoll, this workshop is fun, informative and has a people centred approach.  As a playwright Lisa has thought long and hard about where the stumbling blocks are when writing and the key thing is often to have someone or a group to support the work to move forward and keep motivated.

Participants will submit a short scene or script to Lisa (max ten pages) before the event.  If continuing to do the two workshops a second scene can then be submitted from work that has already been carried out for further feedback , notes and development.

The workshops will consist of ways to unlock and develop scripts with a focus on developing the world of the overall play as well.

Lisa uses a human based approach and often links with how we ourselves act and live in our everyday life and respond and react to the work around us.


The best tool we have as a writer is ourselves & the world around us and this is what can make a story and play individual. There is often no original idea but is about the take on the world that a person has that makes their story different and this workshop will  help support and unlock this!


In 2019 In Motion theatre worked in partnership with Glasgow Libraries to deliver a set of workshops for book week Scotland.From those workshops two of the pieces that began creation there, have received funding from Creative Scotland to be dramatized into podcast dramas.




​£50.00 fo one day or £75 for both days


Full Day Workshop(s)

One to one session and script feedback on scene

Lunch on the day





Start Date and Sign Up

  • The workshop will start on take place on Saturday  6th April

  • and Saturday 11th May. You can attend both or one workshop

  • Deadline for workshop sign up is Thursday 4th April 2024

To sign up or for more information email:


I found Lisa Nicoll's guidance priceless: she gives lots of helpful prompts to start everyone off and is always encouraging, caring and (in my opinion) spot-on with her suggestions about what really works in the theatre when it comes to the writing and editing stages.

J Forrester

Dunoon Players

The workshops are very innovative. Lisa’s patience and advice has really helped develop my style. The workshops are always very structured, full of brilliant tips and possibilities and I definitely think my writing has developed more with these workshops than with my degree.

C Tait

Lisa is an inspirational and energetic tutor whose questions encourage you to develop full-rounded characters with a personality and drive of their own. By the time you approach the dialogue, you already have a deep understanding of the forces that propel your characters to react in the way that they do through free-writing and workshopping.  The workshops are always supportive and encouraging, When reading your script, Lisa provides advice that transforms it and gives it even greater depth.  Cheerful and insightful, she has encouraged me to pursue writing for the stage; something that seemed impossible two years ago.

L Capitanchik

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