Archive for February, 2017

Writing Radio Drama Talk

17th February 2017 by Maura McHugh

Thanks to Aidan Mathews, Kevin Reynolds (Series Producer), and Kevin Brew (Producer) of the RTÉ Radio’s Drama on One team for their fascinating talk on Writing for Radio Drama at the WGI office last night.

Our members appreciated the insights and tips!

New Horizons

8th February 2017 by Maura McHugh

New Horizons: Women in the Irish Film and Television Industries colloquium will take place in the Mary Immaculate College, UL, Limerick on 3 March 2017.

This day-long event will monitor what’s been happening for women in the Irish film and television industry over the last year, and what needs to happen in 2017 to bring about the change for an equal industry. The 2017 colloquium is a national and international conversation.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO Creative England
  • Professor Anna Wahl of KTH Stockholm, a renowned expert on gendered organisational cultures and combating unconscious bias. Professor Wahl has worked closely with many organisations including the Swedish Film Institute.
  • Melissa Silverstein who is a writer, campaigner and blogger. Founder of Women and Hollywood and Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival.

Two Irish panels will look at gender, and which organisations are finding and nurturing female talent.

Confirmed speakers for those panels include:

  • James Hickey – CEO Irish Film Board
  • Leslie McKimm – Project Manager Irish Film Board
  • Alan Esslemont – Director TG4
  • Jane Gogan – Head of Drama, RTE
  • Celine Craig – Deputy CEO Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
  • Orla O Connor – Director National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Leslie McKimm – Project Manager Irish Film Board
  • Siobhan O Farrell –Eclipse Pictures – Film Distributors
  • Screen Training Ireland

Like last year there will be a diverse audience – writers, producers, directors, film festival programmers, and educators. There will be representatives from organisations like the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the Irish Film Board, Screen Training Ireland, Screen Directors Guild of Ireland, Screen Producers Ireland, Writers Guild of Ireland, Equality Action Committee, Women in Film and Television.

Lunch, tea, coffee, wine reception, good company, and great debate in a fun and informal atmosphere guaranteed.

Cost: €15 or €10 euro for students.

Book via the website by 1 March 2017.

If you have any questions email: womeninfilmire (a) mic.ul.ie

Lucky Dozen – Writing Radio Drama

1st February 2017 by Maura McHugh

Would you like to write a play for RTÉ radio? Kevin Reynolds (Series Producer) and Kevin Brew (Producer) of the RTÉ Radio’s Drama on One team will give a ‘Lucky Dozen’ talk on Writing Radio Drama to members of the Writers Guild of Ireland at 7pm on Thursday, 16 February in our office at Temple Bar, Dublin.

This free talk will cover:

  • Writing for radio; how it differs from other media (the creative opportunities and the challenges)
  • What makes a strong radio play
  • Thoughts on genre, content/theme, tone
  • Writing credible dialogue
  • Use of sound, music, atmosphere
  • Scene length and construction
  • Defining and differentiating characters
  • Creating a pleasing variety via stylistic decisions
  • Required script length and layout
  • The submission process
  • Payment rates and contract terms
  • Common errors

It’s a terrific opportunity to find out exactly what RTÉ expect from their radio dramas.

Update: We’re sorry but this event is already booked up.