Archive for the ‘Event’ Category

Lucky Dozen: Writing for Games

25th October 2017 by Maura McHugh

With branching storylines, interactive dialogues and players’ choices to juggle, writing for games can’t help but be different from writing for TV or film. Heck, not all games have plots, but they may still need writing. Other games have story, but no dialogue. When they do show up, characters, arcs, beginnings and ends are largely still the same in games as in other media, but how you represent them to players might not be.

If you want to know more about some of the tools and techniques used in writing for games, come join us at 7 pm on Thursday, 16 November when Dave McCabe, writer of The Darkside Detective and Tavern Keeper, will open up some scripts and show you their inner-workings.

If interested, send us a blank email to the office by Tuesday, 7 November, with ‘Lucky Dozen’ in the subject line.

You know the score folks: the first twelve get the lovely plastic chairs, the wine, and the very healthy neon-orange crisps.

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

July Scriptorium

9th July 2015 by Maura McHugh

Cheers! James and Fred at Furey's Pub...

The next WGI Scriptorium is on from 7pm on Thursday, 16 July in Mulligans, Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2.

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people”.
Thomas Mann
“A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it.”
Don DeLillo

What strategies do you employ to drag those words from your brain onto the page? Maybe you’re writing in a cork-lined room like Proust, drinking up to 50 cups of coffee a day like Balzac, or maybe you like to emulate Hugo and have your servant strip you naked until you’ve finished your writing work for the day? Or perhaps you just fancy meeting up with a bunch of savvy scribes? Escape the dreaded white page (or white screen) for an hour or two with what cynics might call pure procrastination. We call it getting inspiration, and what better way to get inspiration than to do it with other writers; you can mark it down in your diary as a business-related conference if you like. No one will know. (Except yourself of course but that’s exactly the kind of philosophical-psychological matter we need to discuss).

Talking about writing is indubitably the next best thing to writing (pencil-sharpening and checking the thesaurus notwithstanding). Chat amongst your sistren and brethren about what you’re writing, or what you’re not writing, or what you really should be writing if you weren’t at this very important meeting.

You might agree with Camus, that “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilisation from destroying itself.” You might not. This, and the careful dissection of other famous writers’ quotes, will form part of the very serious and urgent agenda of the Scriptorium. No need to RSVP as we’re busy looking up writers’ quotes here.

Writing for Radio

5th April 2012 by Maura McHugh

Writing for Radio

The Irish Playwrights & Screenwriters Guild is organising a ‘Writing for Radio’ panel discussion with representatives from three of the country’s largest broadcasting institutions: RTÉ Radio Drama, BBC Northern Ireland Radio Drama, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Questions that will be addressed are: How much radio drama is there? How do you apply? What do the commissioners want? What do they pay?

All members of the Guild are invited.

The discussion will take place in Room 3 of FilmBase at 1pm on Thursday, 12th of April.

The panellists will be:

  • Kevin Brew (RTÉ Radio – Drama Department)
  • Heather Larmour (BBC Radio – Drama Department)
  • Andrew Robinson (BAI – Sound & Vision Department)

The event is free but places are limited, so book a place immediately by emailing jack.olohan (a) script.ie or by calling the office at 01 670 9970.

OneinFour Ómós Fundraiser

9th June 2011 by Maura McHugh

Ómós 2011One in Four professionally supports men and women who have experienced sexual violence, many of them during childhood. Its aim is to reduce the incidence of sexual abuse by intervening in key areas of the cycle of abuse. It does this through psychotherapy, advocacy and prevention services.

One in Four is running an event called Ómós, at the Pepper Canister, on Sunday June 26th 2011

It’s a cultural evening of music, literature, poetry and stand up performance supported by leading Irish talent. The lineup includes: Pat Boran, Mary Coughlan, John Lonergan, Paula Meehan, Kevin McAleer, Silver Stars (Brokentalkers Production). The evening will be presented by Theo Dorgan and Caitriona Crowe.

This year’s theme is ‘To be an Irish Man’. This unique event promises to be entertaining, poignant and thought provoking.

It will be held in the intimate surroundings of the Pepper Canister, Mount St Crescent, Dublin 2 (off Merrion Square) from 8pm-10pm on Sunday evening June 26th 2011.

Tickets are €25 each. Book securely online today or call during office hours on 01 6624070.

The artists, sound engineer & photograhper are giving freely of their talent and time. All profits go to One in Four supporting therapy, advocacy and prevention projects. For example, just €50 will fund a person to attend a therapy session.