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Lucky Dozen – Writing Radio Drama

1st February 2017

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.

February Lucky Dozen Talk

15th January 2015

As part of our ongoing ‘Lucky Dozen’ talks for WGI members, playwright and screenwriter Gary Duggan will give a talk on Writing Amber and Creating a TV Drama Series, at 7pm on Thursday, 5 February at the Writers’ GuiId office.

Gary will discuss his work on RTE’s four-part TV drama series Amber and will cover areas such as: developing a new idea; creating a series bible; how to tackle structure; creating credible characters and the challenges of making the transition from writing for theatre to TV.

If you’d like to attend, please email: info (at) by Wednesday, 28 January with ‘Lucky Dozen’ in the subject line.

Don’t forget: Lucky Dozen means the first twelve members to apply get the seats!

Gary Duggan is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. He co-wrote Amber, a major four part drama for RTE/Screenworks. Amber has sold to multiple territories throughout the world (including Netflix in the US and UK) and achieved very high viewing figures in Ireland on RTÉ One and BBC4.

He has also written a number of stage plays that have been performed throughout Ireland and in the UK, Romania, and New York. His first play, Monged, won the Stewart Parker Trust Award in 2006. His latest play, Shibari, premiered at The Abbey Theatre in 2012 as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. He also writes regularly for the popular Irish soap Fair City and in 2009 he wrote three episodes (and directed one) of Happyslapper, a web drama for RTÉ’s first Storyland initiative.

November Lucky Dozen

17th October 2014

We’re pleased to announce another in our Lucky Dozen series of talks created exclusively for our members.

This time the topic is:

Writing for Comic Books by Maura McHugh

Date 7pm on Thursday, 6 November
Venue: WGI Office, Arthouse, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

At the moment there is a trend to write comics with the aim to create a visual product to sell as a movie adaptation. While screenwriting and comic book writing share a number of commonalities, they also have specific differences both in format and technique. Maura will discuss the basics of the form, the ins and outs of working in this industry, as well as offering some pointers for those who are considering writing in this medium.

To book a place at this talk, please email our main address listed below by 30 October with ‘Lucky Dozen’ in the subject line – this talk is open only to current members of the WGI.

As always, it’s first-come, first-served, so respond quickly to get one of the twelve slots going!

Maura McHugh lives in Galway and has just finished co-writing a comic book series called Witchfinder: The Secrets of Unland with Kim Newman for Dark Horse Comics in the USA. She has also written comics for Atomic Diner in Ireland – one of the titles, Jennifer Wilde, has been nominated for both an Eagle Award and a British Fantasy Award. Maura also writes prose (with two short story collections published in the USA), and wrote a section of a horror anthology play which had a sold-out run in the West End in London.