Writing Your One-Act Play

Ron McCants
Award-Winning Playwright & Screenwriter
Sundays 4/14, 4/28, 5/5 & 5/12 @ 3:00pm - 5:00pm PT

Sold Out - Waitlist Available

"I had only worked in film and never attempted writing a theatre piece, so I was somewhat intimidated. But by the end of the four weeks, not only was I supremely satisfied with my one-act play, I felt I had taken major leaps as a writer due to Ron's guidance. He is a great teacher and a superb guide, as he shepherded me through the process of creating my first theatre piece. I would take his class again in a second." - Michael O.

So, you’ve been writing screenplays for a while now, and you’re pretty comfortable with it. You know all the ins and outs, the rises and falls, and both the good and the bad. Everything’s great, until you realize: you haven’t had a real challenge that’s made you flex your writing muscles in a while. Well, look no further, because Roadmap Writers is thrilled to invite you to try your hand at playwriting!

Why playwriting? Besides being another creative way to get your work out there, you’ll have to strip your writing down to just the raw elements and really dive into your characters. After all, all a play needs is an actor and an audience.

You will be walked through fleshing out your concept, developing the plot, layering your characters and writing your full one-act play! This class is filled with weekly assignments, assigned reading, and interactive writing workshops. 

This Five-Week Class Will Cover:

  • Crafting compelling and engaging dialogue 
  • Creating strong scene structure
  • The six elements of dramatic writing and how to put them to work for your script 
  • How to build dramatic tension 
  • Feedback on your one-act play from Ron and Daniela

Following the completion of your one act play, Literary Manager Daniela Gonzalez from Circle of Confusion will host a live Virtual Table Read with trained actors to bring your characters to life!

About Your Host

Ron McCants writes dark comedies and family dramas that explore the human experience at the junction of crime and family, often fueled by dark secrets and deep shames. A multiple award-winning playwright, Ron’s had works developed and produced at La Jolla Playhouse, Company of Angels in Los Angeles, SoHo Theatre in London, Theater Masters in Aspen, and many others.

Driven by a belief that television can be transformative as well as entertaining, Ron is inspired to actively give voice to the lesser heard, complex voices from his home -- Springfield, Missouri. Ron holds a B.A. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from the University of California, San Diego. He was selected as a Disney ABC Program.

Ron was recently staffed on ABC’s comedy, SPEECHLESS.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for most multi-week classes. For 4-week programs, your balance will be due the second week of class. For longer programs, the balance will be broken up into 3 or 4 payments with the final payment due prior to the final week of class. Please note that you are responsible for the full price of the class even if you decide not to complete the program for any reason.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.


If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!