Lisa Goldman

Author of The No Rules Handbook,
Writer, Director  & Script Consultant

Hello I’m Lisa Goldman,

Here you can find out more about me and my work and  how you can work with me.....

About Lisa... 

Lisa is a freelance directorwriter and  script consultant  of new writing. See Biography for more. She has been Artistic Director and joint Chief Executive of two new writing theatre companies, The Red Room (1995-2006) and Soho Theatre (2006-10). Author of The No Rules Handbook for Writers,  the scripts she's developed have won or been listed for every major UK writing award.  

Lisa is grateful to the Arts Council for funding the writing of her children's novel and play in 2018-19.

Lisa has taught MA playwriting and dramaturgy at Essex Uni, London Uni, City, UAL and RADA. She runs rewriting workshops and offers one to one script consultancy.  Get in touch via link to left or email below.


Weekend April 13th-14th 2019 Central London venue. 10.30 to 5.30pm

For writers looking to redraft a full length play. 8 participants max. Scrutinise what is and isn't working, get feedback on a long extract plus synopsis. Explore strategies for addressing re- writing issues. Packed with practical tips, short exercises and discussion, shaped around the issues of the playwrights involved. Participants must be prepared to share and engage with each other's work. Refreshments provided for breaks.  Price £195 for weekend.

To apply: please send to Lisa a few lines about your play and yourself and how you hope this workshop might help your writing to  




'So insightful. The best masterclass I've done. 10/10'  

'A wealth of knowledge and down to earth. Brilliant. All of it.'  

'The handout is a brilliant resource. The exercises, tailored to our issues were great too. I feel reinvigorated to work on my play. Thank you very much!' 

SPECIAL OFFER:    40% Discount off The No Rules Handbook for Writers (see below) with this code  ONNORULES   when you buy direct from the publisher, Oberon Books, rather than Amazon or Waterstones.

 The No Rules Handbook for Writers

was published by Oberon Books in April 2012 in paperback and Kindle. It reached Number 1 in Amazon non-fiction. It's been getting a great response from writers, reviewers, teachers and is now in its second imprint. 

 'Lisa Goldman?s book is like the best of British new writing: it is personal, well-written, clearly thought out and resonant. Its advice is passionately felt but perfectly controlled. And its ideas sing and inspire. '  Aleks Sierz  (critic and author of In Yer Face Theatre)

 'Reading just one book about the craft or theory of playwriting is the worst thing a playwright can do - far worse than reading none. Lisa Goldman's  book is an exception.'   Fraser Grace (Convener of MPhil in Playwriting Studies, Birmingham University)

' Feisty, helpful, liberating stuff ' The Stage

' Full of sensible advice'  Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

 Listen to Lisa Goldman in conversation with  

Listen to the interview with Lisa Goldman at Theatre Voice 

Buy the kindle version and see more reviews at Amazon 

Other publication

Silence one story and another is Born is Lisa's chapter in Global Insights on Theatre Censorship, comparing Lisa's experiences working in Iran and on Behud in the UK. Published Routledge September 2015.This is one of those expensive academic books unfortunately, but if you've access to a university library, it's worth a read.  




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