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Script Clinic

18th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

FAS Screen Training Ireland IADT National Film School

FÁS Screen Training Ireland, in association with The National Film School, IADT, seeks participants for their new course, Script Clinic: Developing your project for funding.

Dates: Thursday 23rd – Saturday 26th September
Location: Dublin, Odessa Club, Dublin 2.
Fee: €200

Participant Profile
This script clinic is for emerging writers who have completed a post-graduate screenwriting course or have professional equivalent experience.  The goal is to bring projects to a standard where they will be strong contenders for funding and/or investment from producers.

Participants will have a feature film project (at outline or early draft stage) to bring through the clinic. This will not necessarily be the project they developed on their post-graduate course.

Course Profile
The purpose of the course is to bring projects completed on a course (or in isolation) to the stage where they are ready to apply funding and/or be ready to meet and present their projects to producers.

This course provides emerging writers with the opportunity to bring a project through an intensive development process that will hothouse their script under the guidance of experienced script consultants.  The clinic will provide them not only with expert feedback on their project, but also peer-to-peer feedback from other emerging writers.  Lastly there will be an emphasis on practical advice as to how to grow a career as a screenwriter, that is guidance on how emerging writers should present their work, approach producers and funders, make contacts, and develop professional relationships.

The four days will consist of lectures and workshops in the mornings with each project being brought through an individual development process in the afternoon sessions.

The course will cover the following:

  • Developing a draft of a script to deadline
  • Writing treatments and outlines
  • Replacing expositional dialogue with visual storytelling
  • Developing vivid characters
  • Approaching potential collaborators and funders professionally
  • Working successfully with producers

There will be follow-up meetings of two hours each six weeks later to give guidance and feedback on the progress each writer has made.

Tutor Profile
Mary Kate O Flanagan works as a script consultant and trainer with writers and producers in Ireland and internationally. She trained with David Howard, author of The Tools of Screenwriting and Martin Daniel, Professor of Screenwriting at USC. She is a guest lecturer at The National Film School of Ireland, has an MA in Screenwriting and is a film reviewer for Newstalk 106. She gives screenwriting workshops in Ireland for Fas/STI among others, and overseas, having designed and delivered screenwriting training across Europe and in South Africa and Botswana. Mary Kate’s own screenwriting has won awards internationally and she has several feature film projects funded by IFB/Bord Scann·n.

Rachel O’Flanagan is one of Ireland’s most experienced and highly trained script editors and has worked with leading producers and screenwriters on a variety of projects, including animation, television drama and feature films, including several award-winning and critical and commercial successes. She has been a guest lecturer in screenwriting film development and script editing at The Huston Film School, The National Film School/IADT and Filmbase and has consulted on various television and feature film projects with Irish, UK, Scandinavian and US-based production companies and writers.

Jean Rice has worked in the film and television industry for over twenty years in Ireland, the UK and the US.  She has lectured on the BA Film & Television and on the MA in Screenwriting for Film & Television at the National Film School at IADT for the last ten years.

Please apply to (with Script Clinic in subject heading) with a CV and a one-page outline of the work in progress (N.B. This can be a new project that is at outline stage; successful applicants will be asked to submit a 10-page outline or early draft a week before the course start date).

For further details contact Criona Sexton/Claire Dix at F¡S Screen Training Ireland.  Ph:  (01) 6077437/087 6720492   Email: (with Script Clinic in subject heading).  Or contact Jean Rice at IADT:

Deadline for applications:  1st September 2010.