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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.

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

21st October 2020


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

FSTI Bursaries

16th September 2009

FÁS Screen Training Ireland is looking for applications for the Screen Training Ireland Bursary Award and Work Placement Scheme.

The purpose of the scheme is to expose industry practitioners to the best training expertise, work situations and mentoring internationally. The scheme is open to experienced industry professionals and enables successful bursary recipients to participate in international training programmes, work placements and mentoring to assist their professional development.

Bursaries are awarded to ensure professional development and skill enhancement in line with international work standards.

FÁS Screen Training Ireland offers two types of bursaries to applicants:

  • Funding to attend training courses and workshops abroad
  • Support funding to participate in a structured work programme within international companies and organisations

For further information please contact Emer MacAvin on 01-6077423 or email emer.macavin@fas.ie

Story Development for Film and TV

18th August 2009


FÁS Screen Training Ireland is running a course on Story Development for Film and Television over a three-month period starting on 22 September, 2009.

Participant Profile:
Irish professionals involved in producing, writing, development, directing and script editing in the television and film industry. Participants should be involved in developing current serialised or feature fiction projects.

Course Profile:
The aim of this course is to enhance participants’ understanding of the story development process for both for serialised content and feature films. Through project development, participants will gain an understanding of the TV drama and feature film development process, the different drama formats, how cinematic and televisual storytelling differ, and the roles and responsibilities of writers, script editors, directors and producers in the development process.

The course will mentor eight projects through 3-4 months of development from idea to first draft stage – four television projects, and four feature projects. Projects can be writer-led or submitted by companies, and projects with either one participant or a team are welcome. Teams can be comprised of writers, writers/directors, writers/directors/producers, writers/script editors, writers/script editors/producers, or writers combined with anyone involved in the creative development process. Through project development, lectures, exercises and case studies, the creative team identifies the key milestones in the development process, and how to achieve the best possible results through creative collaboration.

An additional strand of the programme seeks script editors to apply without a project, and collaborate on writer-only participating projects. There will be two script editor participants who will attend all project sessions and also partake in additional sessions in order to enhance their story development, communication, and production skills. These two participants can be freelance script editors seeking to enhance their skills, development assistants in production companies, assistant script editors on television, or development personnel seeking to enhance their understanding and engagement in the script development process.

On completion of training the students will be able to:

  • Identify suitable TV drama vs. cinematic/feature concepts
  • Identify different drama formats and slots.
  • Correctly structure an episode of television drama or feature film.
  • Explore character and story arcs over the course of an episode and a series
  • Identify different television formats – series, serials, etc.
  • Write a treatment for a television drama or feature film.
  • Write a Step Outline for a television drama or feature film.
  • Write a series bible
  • Work collaboratively with writers, directors, script editors and producers.
  • Work to tight television and feature film deadlines
  • Be aware of and rewrite for production considerations

The cost of the course is €750.00, and all applications must be processed via the FSTI web site. The deadline for application is: Wednesday, 2nd September 2009.