Archive for June 18th, 2009

Newsjack Seeks Writers

18th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

BBC Radio 7 has launched a new topical sketch show called Newsjack which seeks to scrutinise the news, views and issues of the day via comedy.

It is seeking new writers for material for the show.

The pilot aired last Thursday 4 June at 11pm, and has been commissioned for an initial six-week run. Each episode can be replayed for a week after broadcast via iPlayer.

Sketch submissions for the show must arrive each Monday by midday.

Further information on the programme and its submission process is available from the web site.

Sources 2 Workshops

18th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

SOURCES 2 is an advanced training programme for European film professionals working in the field of script and story development, and offers workshops all over Europe for international participants, who are guided by international advisers.

The following two workshops are currently available:

SOURCES 2 Script Development Workshop

A workshop for screenwriters and teams of writers, producers or directors with feature film projects and creative documentaries in development.

A seven-day session, with coached development period, and follow-up session.

The application deadline is the 1st July 2009 for the workshop in Graz/Austria, 10th – 18th November 2009, with the support of Cinestyria, the Province of Styria/Cultural Department, the Austrian Film Institute and in cooperation with uniT Graz.

Requested: Feature film projects and creative documentaries

Application fee: €100. Participation fee: €1,800 per project/writer and €900 per second/third person committed to the project. Includes the seven-day session (accommodation and meals included, travel costs excluded), coaching during the re-writing period, and the second session of one day per project (accommodation, meals, travel costs excluded).

SOURCES 2 Projects & Process

Training Mentors for European Scriptwriters

A Workshop for professionals working in the field of script and story development (scriptwriters, editors, tutors, developers, commissioning editors, producers).

This is a three-day session, with coached development period, and round-off by e-mail.

The application deadline is the 1st August 2009 for the workshop in Prague/Czech Republic, 14th – 18th October 2009, with the support of the Ministry of Culture/Department of Media and Audiovision.

Participation fee: €750. Includes the three-day session (accommodation and meals included, travel costs excluded), three-month coaching period, round-off by e-mail.

Further details about the application process is available from the web site

DLR Residencies

18th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Arts Office in collaboration with the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) is looking for submissions for Writer in Residence at the IADT from October 2009– May 2010.

This year’s residency seeks to support writers of contemporary fiction in all genres, with the exception of scriptwriters, whose genre is supported by the Hugh Leonard Award 2009.

Writers are invited to take inspiration from varied sources including the educational context, the innovative research work and the artistic resources.

The IADT will provide a desk and access to a computer within the college but will not provide an office.

The selected writer will be required to live in (or within reasonable commuting distance) to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County, and to IADT.

Residency objectives

To create opportunities for the individual artist to:

  • develop his/her own work
  • to develop publics for her/his work among the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County community
  • engage with the student, academic and broader community as appropriate to the context, the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County community.
  • foster an environment where artmaking and an appreciation of art making can flourish
  • To conduct writing workshops with members of the community where appropriate, including a weekly extra-mural workshop located in IADT.

Selection will be made by way of an open submission competition.

Writers will submit an expression of interest together with details of previous work to date as follows:

  • A typed curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages)
  • Examples of previous work.
  • Publications, programmes or published articles, such as reviews
  • Typed proposal (maximum 3 pages) for the residency detailing:
  1. A plan of work in the context of IADT and of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County, the location of the residency
  2. The benefits of the residency to his/her stage of development as a writer
  3. The benefits of the residency to his/her current artistic preoccupations including ideas for usage of the resources and facilities
  4. Ideas in relation to public engagement with due regard to the community and cultural remit of the Centre for Public Culture Studies amd the School of Business and Humanities, IADT.

Please ensure that all submitted materials are clearly marked with the writer’s name.

Criteria for selection

  • Expression of interest and capacity to address brief
  • Artistic merit and originality of work
  • Quality of previous work

The closing date for applications: 4pm on Friday 17th July

A short-list of applicants will be invited to an interview on Thursday 6th Aug 2009.

During the interview, the panel will consider the applicants proposal for the residency with reference to:

  • Quality of proposal
  • Suitability of the proposal to the context of the residency as described by the stakeholders
  • Perceived ability to fulfil the requirements of the residency.

Applications to be submitted to:
Carolyn Brown,
Senior Arts Administrator,
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council,
Moran Park House,
Queen’s Road,
Dun Laoghaire,
Co Dublin.