The Art of Writing One Act Plays

8-session evening workshop with public showcase

Upcoming Class Schedule

11 March, 2020 — 6 May, 2020

Wednesday, 7.00pm — 11.00pm

Programme Details

Programme Description

Anybody can write a good story. Not everyone can write a good sentence. David Mamet said that. This workshop will be a hands-on and interactive study into how to take your story and make it dramatic, how to make it into a compelling play or film, and how to write that elusive, good sentence.

You will learn why you love one movie and are able to watch it endlessly, and hate another. You will learn how the root of either feeling is in the writing, either good or bad, and you will learn from both. Mamet, August Wilson, Aaron Sorkin and Christopher Nolan are the names of some of the writers will be featured in the workshop. These names, and their craft, will be areas of study and you will learn how they do what they do and why, and take substantial steps down the path to becoming a genuine playwright or screenwriter.

8 sessions culminating in a public reading of scripts

Full Workshop Schedule
Wednesdays, March 11th – May 6th ,
7.00pm – 11.00pm

*There is no class on March 25th. 

Showcase on May 9th, 3pm – 5pm


Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is open to anyone from all backgrounds.
We welcome actors and directors of all levels and experience levels.
Minimum age for admission is 13 and above.


About the Public Showcase
The workshop culminates in a public reading of the plays that you have written over the duration of the course, by trained actors from the HCAC Alumni and others.

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 3pm – 5pm
Location: 89A Desker Road, Singapore 209611

Do I get a discount?
Please refer to our early bird promotions.

Payment Plans
Payment Plans are available. Email us at


  • Dramatic rules and foundations
  • Developing character
  • Plot
  • Dialogue

About the Instructor

James Thoo

James started out his career in journalism, as the editor of the industry leading film website, and his work was featured regularly in publications like the Huffington Post and the New York Times.

He transitioned into screenwriting, working on several features including The Rude Mechanical (2006), which he wrote for Ravenwood films in Los Angeles and the award winning Malaysian film, Jarum Halus (2008).

After that he took some time away from writing to get married and move to Singapore, where he now lives with his wife. When he returned to writing his script, “Sonata” placed number one on Scriptshadow’s annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood for the year 2015, and was represented by Kaplan/Perrone, one of the biggest talent agencies in LA.

He most recently wrote the play Stool Pigeon (2017), which was the debut production for Thomas Pang’s new theatre company, Room to Breathe.

Areas of Focus

  • Learn what makes a story dramatic and how to take advantage of these tenets
  • Learn how to write dialogue that is creative and interesting
  • Discover writing techniques and tools such as metaphor, concrete language, rhythm and verse
  • Understand power of arcing your characters
  • Writing a theatre or film script that can and will be performed on stage by actors

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the fundamental foundations for writing drama
  • Learn how to write a script both for film or for theatre
  • An understanding of what makes a compelling character

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The Art of Writing One Act Plays / 8-session evening workshop with public showcase

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Registration closes:
7 March 2020