Archive for September 1st, 2021

The Art of the Pitch

1st September 2021

WGI & BAI

The Art of the Pitch

16th September 2021

WITH MARY KATE O FLANAGAN

Writers are often their own worst agents but it needn’t be that way. Many of us recoil from the idea of the hard sell, especially when it comes to ourselves. We spend our working lives seeking authenticity so it can feel like an uncomfortable change of gear to have to become slick presenters when we go out into the marketplace with our ideas. It can be so very uncomfortable that we never even come close to doing ourselves justice. Our projects and our careers can languish for the lack of this skill.

Mary Kate O Flanagan will share her philosophy that The Art of The Pitch is not only about finding champions for your work – it’s about clarifying your vision. Once you have done that, you can communicate the essence of your idea and it will be clear and compelling.

It is her belief that even the shyest writers are well able to become adept at pitching while staying true to our own voices. She will also communicate some guidelines on pitching  – on the page and in person. These include:

  1. Considering Your Audience

  2. Reference Points That Fire The Imagination

  3. The Heart of The Matter

  4. Why This, Why Now?

  5. Eternal Themes, Fresh Approaches

  6. Practical Considerations

  7. Anticipating Questions

  8. Brevity, The Soul of the Pitch

Mary Kate O Flanagan is an award-winning writer and story consultant working in the film and television industry. She works with writers in The UK, The US, South Africa, and across Europe. She has designed and delivered training in Storytelling On The Screen all  over the world as well as in her native Ireland.

With her sister Rachel O’Flanagan, she gives training in the storytelling skills for people in  all walks of life as well as in cinema and television. They are particularly interested in the stories people (and nations and entities) tell about themselves and how those stories inevitably shape their futures. You can see more about their work on www.adramaticimprovement.com

Mary Kate was Ireland’s First Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth. She was also a Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth in Los Angeles and a Champion Storyteller at The Dublin StorySlam.  You can hear one of her stories on The Moth Radio Hour at: https://themoth.org/stories/carry-him-shoulder-high

Since the lockdown Mary Kate has been delivering a popular series of online courses on screenwriting and scenewriting. You can see her Autumn programme here:

https://www.adramaticimprovement.com/workshops

Date:  Thursday 16th September  10am – 5pm

Session 1:  10am – 12.30pm will be open to all members – no need to apply

Please check our newsletter [Vol. 17 Issue 17 • 18th August 2021] for details of attending.

Session 2:   2pm – 5pm – a small group will get to pitch and workshop their project with Mary Kate – see below for how to apply

The WGI gratefully acknowledges the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for this event.

Apply for Session 2:  by Thursday 2nd September 5pm

Please note to apply for session 2, you must be available for the morning session also

Email:  info[at]script.ie with:

a) email subject line ‘BAI The Art of the Pitch’ and

b) the following information, contained within the body of the email please;

1. Your contact details

2. Your bio including your writing credit(s) (if applicable); a logline (max 24 words) and one paragraph pitch for your project and a few lines on why you’d like to participate in this workshop.

3. Please indicate in your application if you belong to any group that may be underrepresented within society on the grounds of gender, race, disability, socio-economic or other factors.

4. Have you ever participated in a course on pitching run by WGI?