Workshops: One Act Playwriting

One Act Playwriting Workshops

We are delighted to bring you their series of workshops to develop and write a one act play.  These workshops are aimed at early/mid stage writers and those who may have been writing in other areas. 


The workshops consist of a series of  online live &  short recorded workshops and one to one’s which will commence on Wednesday 13th of October. To sign up email by 10th October 2021.

About the Workshops

The short recorded workshops are there to keep you motivated and inspired between live sessions as we often need that boost and unlocking of inspiration!


Run by playwright and Creative Director of In Motion Lisa Nicoll, these workshops are fun, informative and have 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.


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 these workshops will support and unlock this!


The workshops consist of 4 live workshops and 4 recorded workshops over 8 weeks.


These will then be followed by three one to one sessions with each writer to look at the work they are writing and get feedback and development.  In addition to this there is a private dedicated Facebook Group to continue with inspiration, motivation and support!

Workshop Outline

  • Planning & Plotting

  • What’s the obstacle – Dodge it, Remove it, Get Over it?

  • What do my  Characters want?  Where is the conflict?

  • What are my character’s actually saying?

  • Secrets and Lies – The Unravelling of the Truth

  • Choices and Consequences

  • Where am I?

  • Rewriting/ Redrafting

Costs per person

  • Live Workshops (x4) - £125 

  • Recorded Workshops  (x4) - £75

  • One to One sessions - £25 (each)

Package for all Live, Recorded + 3 one to ones - £250 

Payment plans can be arranged.

Start Date and Sign Up

  • The course will start on 13 October 2021 at 7:30pm

  • The Live workshops will take place on 13th October, 27th October, 10th November & 24th November.

  • Deadline for workshop sign up is 10th October 2021.

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