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Adding to Your Writer’s Toolbox – Workshop with Dee Roycroft and Margaret Ward

21st October 2020 by admin


An online workshop where female WGI members will receive advice, practical instruction and strategies on working in the audio-visual sector. How do you navigate the industry as a woman? How can you manage interpersonal relationships in the industry to your advantage? What strategies should you use when communicating and negotiating with others in order to maximise your chances of getting what you want from them? The importance of your peer network. How to build your own confidence and voice. How should you handle tension and conflict with others? What should you do if you feel that your gender or other aspect of your identity or personality results in unfair treatment of your work?

This workshop will have a special focus on gender parity and diversity and female members should therefore indicate in their application if they belong to any group which may be underrepresented within society on the grounds of gender, race, disability, socio-economic or other factors.

Tutors Dee Roycroft and Margaret Ward have extensive experience in the industry in the areas of writing, script editing, development, broadcasting and journalism. The format will be a group online workshop followed by brief sessions with individual participants on later dates.

Margaret E. Ward, CEO, Clear Ink

Margaret is a leadership consultant and executive coach. She worked as an investigative journalist and broadcaster for Newstalk, the Irish Times and Sunday Times. In 2010, she founded Women on Air, a professional network of women who are available to appear on radio and TV. She’s also an aspiring screenwriter.

Dee Roycroft, Writer and Story/Script Editor

Dee is a freelance writer and editor. Companies she has worked with include Amazon Studios, RTÉ, CBBC, JAM Media, Telegael and SLR. She also teaches, mentors and is script editor for the X-Pollinator:INCUBATOR initiative, funded by BAI/Screen Skills Ireland. Dee is currently doing an MFA in Creative Writing in UCD.

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

Date:  Tuesday, 27th October 2.30pm – 5.30pm (including a 15-minute break)

Apply by: Wednesday, 21st October 5pm

To apply:  Email:  info[at]script.ie  with a) email subject line ‘BAI workshop’ and b) the following information, contained within the body of the email please;

1. Your contact details

2. Your bio including your writing credits (if applicable); some brief information on your current writing project(s) or goal(s) and a few lines on why you’d like to participate in this workshop. (max 100 words in total)

3. Please indicate if you belong to any underrepresented group as outlined above

Photos from Mindshift

23rd November 2016 by Maura McHugh

Thanks to all the participants at yesterday’s Mindshift: Redressing Gender Equality in Writing for Film at the the Irish Writers Centre supported by Words Ireland.

Here are some photos from the event:

Marian Quinn, Lauren Mackenzie, Valerie Bistany, and David Kavanagh discuss why so few female writers & directors get films produced.

Lauren Mackenzie and Juanita Wilson discuss the practical and creative challenges of adapting work for film.

Dr Susan Liddy discusses the Irish Film Board’s new policy regarding gender and Equality Action

Agent Julian Friedmann discussing the business of scriptwriting and adaptation.

You can re-read the informative tweets that were sent throughout the day by checking the #Mindshift hashtag.

Mindshift at IWC

8th November 2016 by Maura McHugh

The Writers Guild of Ireland, in association with the Irish Writers Centre, is delighted to present Mindshift: Redressing Gender Equality in Writing for Film.

Taking place from 10.30am – 4.00pm on 22 November 2017 at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin.

As if breaking into screenwriting isn’t enough of a challenge, gender inequality is commonplace in the film industry. This professional development day, supported by Words Ireland, is aimed primarily at women writers who are interested in writing for film or television, or in having their existing work adapted for the screen.

Experts will cover:

  • writing for film and TV in Ireland
  • the under-representation of women in writing and directing film
  • the Irish Film Board’s new policy initiative on gender
  • adaptation: the creative process
  • adaptation: the contract process

Line-up includes:
David Kavanagh (CEO, WGI), screenwriters Lauren Mackenzie and Juanita Wilson; writer/director Marian Quinn, and writer/academic Dr. Susan Liddy, as well as London based agent Julian Friedmann.

Cost: €15 / €10 (IWC Members) | Bookings via Eventbrite

Please note: this event is free for members of the WGI but tickets must be pre-booked via Eventbrite.

Words Ireland

July Lucky Dozen Talk

10th June 2015 by admin

Due to the regular requests the office has received to repeat one of our recent ‘Lucky Dozen’ talks, we’re delighted to announce that playwright and screenwriter Gary Duggan will give a talk on Writing Amber and Creating a TV Drama Series, at 7pm on Thursday, 2 July at the Writers’ Guild office.

Gary will discuss his work on RTÉ’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
  • The challenges of making the transition from writing for theatre to TV

If you’d like to attend, please email: info (a) script.ie by Thursday, 25 June with ‘Lucky Dozen’ in the subject line.

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

This is a WGI member-only event.

Wash Your Eyes talks

5th June 2015 by Maura McHugh

Dearbhla Walsh, Steven Benedict, and Malcolm Campbell talk heroes.

The first talk in the SDGI’s Wash Your Eyes series of discussions, in association with the WGI, took place last night. The three evenings will focus on harnessing the success of Irish writers and screenwriters, and connecting them with directors with the hope of future collaborations.

Last night Dearbhla Walsh, Steven Benedict, and Malcolm Campbell talked about ‘Adaptation: The Hero’s Journey’.

The topic for the next meeting is The Secret Life of Contracts: Everything creatives need to know about legal issues, and will take place from 6:30-8:30pm, Thursday, 18 June in The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.

It will feature Colin Kavanagh (Arthur Cox), Birch Hamilton (SDGI), and David Kavanagh (Writers Guild), and the panel intends to empower directors to formalise creative agreements to get that project pitch ready.

This session is valuable for both novice and veteran directors as it explores the complex legal process that directors should understand when embarking on their film projects. Colin Kavanagh will guide you through the steps and challenges necessary to take your project from a creative relationship to a formal legal arrangement.

The theme of the final session will be The Creative Mind: How I tell stories, and will take place from 6:30-8:30pm, Wednesday, 1 July in The Palace Bar, 21 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.

The panelists will be: Lenny Abrahamson, John Banville, Brendan & Niall Heery, Lisa McInerney, Terry McMahon, Paul Murray, Christian O’Reilly, and Carmel Winters.

The discussion will explore why they choose their medium of film/TV making, literary fiction, and/or novel writing. They will also examine the evolving relationship between the narrator and the audience and how this impacts storytelling. Is the medium the message and does the artist pick the medium or the medium pick the artist?

Please RSVP to events@sdgi.ie or contact SDGI at 01-6337433 – this event is open to SDGI and WGI members only.