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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?

The US Scripted Content Market in 2021 

25th November 2020

What is the state of the market for drama likely to be in the United States next year? In an upcoming webinar, Des Doyle will be giving his take on the state of play. He will explore the impact of the Corona virus on production and development and present his analysis of the opportunities and pitfalls for Irish writers seeking to make a US sale.

The webinar will take place on 10th December at 11am.

This event is an initiative of the Writers Guild of Ireland and is supported by Screen Skills Ireland. Spaces are limited to WGI members only so book a place here.

Biography:

Des Doyle is the writer/director of the critically acclaimed documentary Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show, featuring JJ Abrams (Alias, Lost, Fringe), Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife), Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory) and Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly) among others. The documentary also led to the accompanying book Showrunners, written by Tara Bennett and published by Titan.

He has given talks on Show-running, US TV Production, the Global TV Marketplace and the Future Of Content for USC Los Angeles, Rowan University Philadelphia, Scriptmakers Berlin, APIT TV Producers Conference Lisbon, Northern Ireland Screen , IADT Dublin and Galway Film Centre.

He is currently working on a new media-based documentary series as well as providing creative consultancy services to Irish Producers & Writers with projects targeting the US and streaming markets.

WGI Chair, Jennifer Davidson, Welcomes Burn Bright Partnership

11th November 2020

I am delighted to announce that we have partnered with Burn Bright to add a fantastic group of Irish mentors to their Time Bank roster this week. Burn Bright was born out of a situation in which two women’s work was erased, in a theatrical landscape which lacks equality, and where plays written by women are rarely seen on big stages. They are a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to change that, aiming to level the playing field wherever possible – creating a network and opportunities to build writers up, lobbying for change, and calling out inequality and bad practice where they see it.

Earlier this year, in our first lockdown, I signed up for some advisory sessions, and was immediately struck by how beneficial and necessary this initiative was. I was keen to see how we could extend the initiative to support Irish female writers.

Time Bank is being updated weekly with new free advisory sessions from industry leaders, available to any writers who identify as a woman, with over 150 sessions offered so far. Time Bank offers writers the chance to connect one-on-one with industry professionals willing to offer mentorship, feedback and advice on a variety of topics affecting playwrights. It is an invaluable opportunity to ask questions and engage with people from all aspects of the industry, with directors, writers, coaches and publicists at your disposal.

Jennifer Davidson, Chair WGI

Berlinale 2010

24th July 2009

The online application system for the Berlinale Talent Campus (February, 13 – 18, 2010) is now open.

The Berlinale Talent Campus is a creative academy and networking platform for 350 up-and-coming filmmakers from all over the world that runs alongside the Berlin Film Festival. It offers a variety of activities, including workshops and hands-on training, for emerging talent within the film industry.

Read the qualifying criteria carefully before applying.

Applicants can edit their data at any time until the deadline of October 7, 2009.

Arts Mentoring

14th April 2009

Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, in partnership with Common Ground, a local arts development organisation working in Dublin, are hosting a Public Action Research Forum on Thursday April 16, 3-5pm in The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1, as part of its year-long Collaborative Arts Mentoring Programme.

Emily Kyriakides, Head of Film, Lighthouse Arts and Training Ltd, Brighton will present case studies of Guiding Lights, a year long mentoring scheme designed to identify and support emerging UK-based film industry talent. Mentors and mentees include: David Yates, Kenneth Branagh, Jenny Walker and Anand Tucker.

Emily will describe how the Guiding Lights mentoring programme addresses skills development across all job roles in film in conversation with Padraig Naughton, Director of Arts and Disability Ireland and members of the Collaborative Arts Mentoring Programme Advisory Group.

The event is free but places are limited and it is necessary to book in advance.

Information on how to reserve a spot at the Forum are on the web site.