Workshops & Opportunities

Our creative development programmes help actors, playwrights, directors and producers to further their careers and stay connected with the wider creative community.

SEE ME / In Motion Writing Workshops

We are delighted to work along with See Me, Scotland’s national programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, to offer a set of short online writing sessions and live zoom workshops to create a short monologue or story to be read  by professional actors. These will be shown  initially on online platforms in June . The sessions will be hosted by playwright/ producer and creative director of In Motion Theatre Lisa Nicoll.

The workshops will consist of:

  • Three initial short recorded practical writing sessions. 

  • A live online session with  group participants.

  • Three more short recorded practical writing sessions.

  • A second live online session with group participants.


The theme for the writing will be “The Voice Behind the Picture” to inspire short monologues and stories which take us beyond what people see, hear or take at face value.  One way that we can tackle the stigma that exists around mental health is by giving voice to experiences that are happening beneath the surface, and may otherwise remain hidden from view.

To take part in this opportunity please emai by Wednesday 6th  May with a bit about you and a short idea that we can build on – however small it is!


Recorded workshop sessions will be available later that week.


Write Lines

Write Lines is now on hold until Autumn 2020 - further information will be announced.

After the success of Write Lines in association with Glasgow Libraries for Book week Scotland last year we are delighted to announce our new set of Write Lines workshops in May and June in Edinburgh culminating with a reading of some of the pieces at The Traverse Theatre.

Write Lines is an opportunity for writers to attend workshops with producer and playwright Lisa Nicoll in Edinburgh over the course of four sessions in April and June 2020 to create a new 10 minute play or the beginning of a larger piece of work inspired by a newspaper or media headline.

The workshops will include exercises to inspire and develop material, characters & dialogue, one to one feedback about the work and also a chance to have their work read by professional actors.

Five of the pieces written and developed during these sessions will have the opportunity to be performed as part of a reading at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. Places for the workshop are limited to 15 people and are by an application process.

To apply please email with the newspaper or media headline that has inspired you, why you would like to use as a stimulus for your play and some information about you and your writing by Wednesday 12th March at 12pm.


Participants will be notified if they have a space on the workshop by 1st of April. The cost of all sessions is £100 and will be payable on receipt of a place.


  • Workshop 1 Friday April 24th 6 – 9pm

  • Workshop 2 Saturday April 25th 10 - 2pm

  • Workshop 3 Friday June 19th 6 – 9pm

  • Workshop 4 Saturday June 20th 10 – 2pm

The date of the reading at The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh to be announced in due course.


As a creative working in theatre you need to keep on top of your craft, ready for your next piece of work. Working with other professionals in the development of new writing projects our "Craft” programme helps actors, writers, directors and producers to hone their skills.

Our practical workshops encourage professional development, at the same time keeping you connected with other creatives, helping you build relationships within the industry, and fostering a sense of community.

Craft workshops and masterclasses run at various points throughout the year. If you are interested  as an individual in becoming involved, or are a venue, company or institute that would like us to deliver a workshop please email:

We are delighted to work along with See Me, Scotlands national programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

Lisa Nicoll

Creative Director, In Motion

Write Lines has been an unforgettable experience. It was nothing like I had ever done before and I stand convinced that it has elevated my understanding of what it takes to be a writer. Our workshop sessions were a tremendous help when it came to visualizing what I wanted to tell and where I felt the story should go.


Write Lines participant

The Mitchell has inspired writers for over a 100 years and we are delighted to be involved with Write Lines'

Principal Librarian, Mitchell Library

Great workshops. Last night was so much fun and I learned a lot too!


Craft Workshop Participant

In Motion Theatre is a Scottish-based new writing theatre company.

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