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9th September 2021

The Art of the Pitch

1st September 2021


The Art of the Pitch

16th September 2021


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:


Date:  Thursday 16th September  10am – 5pm

Session 1:  10am – 12.30pm will be open to all members – no need to apply, simply join this link below when event starts


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?

2021 Writers’ Guild of Ireland Zebbie Awards Nominations Open

18th August 2021

Now in their 14th year, the Writers’ Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards are always the high point of the year, celebrating the best in writing talent across stage and screen. Named in honour of O.Z (Zebby) Whitehead, and presented each year by Senator David Norris, the awards are voted for by members of the Guild. The 2021 awards recognise the best scripts that were produced in 2020.

WGI Chair Jennifer Davidson says “This year’s shortlist represents the brilliance of Irish writers across stage, screen and radio. It’s a shortlist packed with talent and a mixture of new voices and seasoned hands. It’s particularly impressive to reflect that all these scripts found audiences in 2020, given the massive impact the pandemic has had on our industry. We are thrilled to once again be able to celebrate Irish writers through the Zebbie Awards.”

Voting is now open exclusively for WGI members and will remain open until September 7th.

The WGI gratefully acknowledges the support of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

This year’s nominations include:


To Be A Machine – Mark O’Connell, Bush Moukarzel, Ben Kidd

What I (don’t) Know About Autism – Jody O’Neill

Embargo – Deirdre Kinahan

Radio Drama

Leaba an Bháis – Darach Mac Con Iomaire

The Seven Pomegranate Seeds – Colin Teevan

Stuck – Sharon Mannion

Feature Film

Wolfwalkers – Will Collins

The Bright Side – Jean Pasley, Ruth Meehan

Herself – Clare Dunne, Malcolm Campbell

Short Film

Ballast – Jesse Gilbert

Changing Dates – Femi Falana

4 x 4 – Ayla Amano

Television Drama

Normal People Episode 3 – Sally Rooney (and Alice Birch)

Malory Towers Ep 110  – Richie Conroy, Mark Hodkinson

The Deceived Ep 4 – Lisa McGee, Tobias Beer

Continuing Drama

Ros na Rún S25 Ep 26 – Eimear Ní Choisdealbha

Red Rock C59 Ep 196 – Paul Walker

Fair City S31 Ep 22 – Senta Rich


Angela’s Christmas Wish – Damien O’Connor

Ollie Ep 141 – Kristina Yee

Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese Ep 150 – Emma Hogan

WGI Event Co-Ordinator

21st July 2021

The Writers’ Guild of Ireland is looking to hire a freelance Event Co-ordinator to organize and deliver a defined series of virtual panels, webinars and mentoring sessions in the second half of 2021 and early spring of 2022.

The Writers’ Guild of Ireland is the representative body for writers for stage, screen and radio in Ireland. The Guild runs training and mentoring events throughout the year for members as well as informational briefings and networking opportunities.

The role includes:

  • Working with a small team to successfully manage and deliver the events programme.
  • Managing the events’ panels and guests.
  • Liaising with the WGI administration team, updating them on progress and flagging any issues.
  • Setting up zoom events and moderating them effectively.
  • Completing and submitting funding paperwork.
  • Devising and organising Publicity/PR for the events via social and traditional media.

Skills & Requirements

  • Prior experience of events/arts project management
  • A strong track record of successful project delivery
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong initiative and ideas generation skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work without supervision
  • Good time management skills

Interested applicants are invited to submit a CV and covering letter detailing their experience to hugh.farley@script.ie before 5pm on Wednesday, 4th August. Please include ‘WGI Event Co-Ordinator’ in the subject line of your email.

This freelance contract will attract a fixed total fee of €5780 for the project. Contact hours are at the discretion of the successful candidate subject to meeting all project requirements. The successful candidate will not be exclusive to WGI and will provide their services on a self-employed basis. The work will be on a remote basis, though we envisage some Dublin location-based duties in the event that government guidelines permit.

WGI at Galway Film Fleadh

21st July 2021

This week, we are delighted to be joining forces with our good friends at Women in Film and Television Ireland and Galway Film Fleadh to host a panel examining the intersection of gender and class in the Irish screen industries.

Gender and Class in the Irish Screen Industries: Double Trouble? takes place on Thursday, 22nd July at 12 noon.
Recent UK research suggests that the majority of the screen workforce come from ‘privileged’ backgrounds. But that doesn’t happen here – right? Let’s talk about that.

Please join the conversation with writer/director Carmel Winters, UK researcher Dave O’Brien, writer/director Roisin Kearney, actor Jordanne Jones, and Chair Women in Film and Television & Chair WGI Equality Action Committee Dr Susan Liddy.

Register here