Archive for March 6th, 2007

Screenwriting Course with Ferdia Mac Anna

6th March 2007

Ferdia Mac Anna — Novelist, Playwright, Screenwriter and Lecturer in Film and Drama — is teaching a new screenwriting course that aims to help budding writers complete a first draft screenplay in 12 weeks.

This course is geared primarily for people who have an idea for a film in their heads, but have struggled to get it on paper or past the treatment stage into a coherent screenplay structure.

The course will examine:

  • The Three Act Structure (and the alternatives)
  • Story and Plot
  • Character Arc and Character
  • Development
  • Visual Writing
  • Screenplay Emotions
  • Theme
  • Dialogue and Plot Points
  • Plus the basics, such as Log-lines, Step Outlines and Treatments.

Class begins on Tursday March 27th at Airfield House, Dundrum from 7 – 9.15pm, and continues each Tuesday for twelve weeks. Ideally, the student will attend class one night a week, and then receive email instruction at a prearranged time later in the week where written work (treatments, first draft of act 1 etc) can be assessed and notes provided — in other words, a process of on-going script and story editing and assessment. When the student comes to class the following week, they should have taken the notes on board and moved their project forward.

The classes will be small — no more than eight students — to ensure
that there will be individual attention to script, story and

The fee for the course is €800 euros, but all Guild members will receive a 10% discount.

Further mentoring will be available after the twelve weeks should the student wish to bring their script to second or third draft stage or even beyond.


(Ferdia Mac Anna is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright, as well as a BAFTA winning producer for Custer’s Last Stand Up. He works as a freelance producer and director and also lectures in Screenwriting, Media Production and Practice at IADT and was until recently, Head of Writing and Directing at the Irish Film Academy. He also works as a script and story consultant for film and television productions. Recently, he has been added to the Irish Film Board’s roster of approved script editors.)


6th March 2007

Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board, FÁS Screen Training Ireland, Filmbase, The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, TV3 and the Arts Council have created a new mentoring scheme, called catalystproject.

catalystproject is targeted at screenwriters, producers and directors who want to produce a very low budget feature film.

To be eligible to apply for the award potential applicants must complete Seminars with industry professionals, including screenings, immersing the screenwriters, directors and producers in the world of low budget production. Only those who take part in the Seminars will have the opportunity to apply for the Awards.

Participants will then have the opportunity to apply for a dedicated award to produce their script. This award will allow three filmmaking teams to produce a feature film with custom designed mentorship for the producer/director/scriptwriter teams.

Participants will be given a three month period after the seminars to apply the skills they have learnt to develop their script, in advance of the application deadline for the award.

The deadline for applications for the Seminar Series is Friday March 30th, and it costs €100 per person.

King’s Cross New Writing Award

6th March 2007

The King’s Cross New Writing Award 2007 is looking for full-length unpublished/unperformed stage plays from writers in the UK and Ireland.

The winning playwright will win a £2,500 cash prize, and the play will receive a staged rehearsed reading by professional actors in front of an invited audience.

The closing date for submissions is 1st May 2007.