Archive for September 23rd, 2009

From Idea to Script

23rd September 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Galway Film Centre is offering a new course over six Tuesday evenings – 6.30pm to 9pm – starting the 6th October and ending the 3rd November, for writers who have an idea for a short film and want to get it on paper.

Working closely with an experienced tutor, you will be guided through traditional screenplay structure, writing exercises,pitching your idea and group readings of your work. There will also be a talk on what is the next step to take, once you have written your script.

The tutor is available by email every week to look at participants’ rewrites. To get the most out of this course, you should have time between each class to write. Any good screenplay requires work and effort and this course can help you to establish a weekly writing routine. The results can be very rewarding.

We encourage participants to email eachother with their work during the week. A lot can be learned from looking at how someone else writes and also, writing is often a very solo profession where writers sometimes miss the perspective of another’s opinion.

Class sizes are kept small so that everyone’s work gets plenty of attention and tea/coffee and biscuits during the break.

The course fee is €225 unwaged/ €255 waged (which includes membership to the Centre for the year).

The course tutor is Ivan McMahon who has a Masters in Screenwriting from the Huston School of Film, and is a working writer and filmmaker based in Galway. Ivan will shortly be directing an Irish Film Board-funded short film, “The Parting”, which he co-wrote with Molly O’Driscoll.