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Listowel Workshop 2011

25th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Listowel 2011The Listowel Writers’ Week (1 – 5 June 2011) is offering a number of workshops during its festival, one of which will be of interest to our members.

Writing for Screen with Mark O’Halloran
Mark is a writer/actor from Ennis, Co. Clare. His first screenplay Adam & Paul was shot in 2004. He also wrote the screenplay for the movie Garage which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2007 and was awarded the CICAE award for best film. Mark has also written the television series Prosperity which was broadcast in 2007. He has been nominated for numerous awards including a European Film Award for Adam & Paul, Irish Film and Television Awards for best screenplay and best TV writer 2007. He also won the London Evening Standard Award for best screenplay in 2005. He currently has a number of projects in development.

Course Theme:
A series of workshops intended for both beginners and the more experienced writers, which will focus on character exploration and development. From a number of simple exercises, the participant will learn to produce a database of stories and fully rounded characters, effortlessly building over the following days toward the development of story arcs and scene exploration. These workshops are intended as a forum for debate, exploration and practical empowerment.

Workshop Information:
Each three-day Workshop will run from 9.00am – 1.00pm on: Thursday 2nd June, Friday 3rd June and Saturday 4th June 2011.

Places are limited to 15 per workshop.
Workshop Fee: €175.00 for each three-day workshop

Information on how to apply is on the web site.

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum

9th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum

BAFTA Rocliffe is currently accepting scripts for the next two BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forums being held in London on May 9th and the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 16th respectively.

The closing date for submissions is 25 March 2011.

The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing forum aims to be both a platform for new writing, and a networking event. Created in 2000, the original format selects three ten minute script extracts – feature film, short film, television drama, sitcom or sketch. The pieces are cast by a casting director and rehearsed by professional actors and directors on the evening.

A narrator sets the piece in context and the extracts are then performed to an industry audience of producers, development executives, directors, actors and literary agents. Following each performance, the writers receive feedback from the industry co-chair and answer questions from the audience. The evening is rounded off with a Q&A with the event host and a relaxed networking session

The benefits to a writer, new or seasoned, are multiple: hearing their work read by professional actors; a development focused discussion generated by the readings; exposure to and advice from experienced industry members; feedback from an audience and an invaluable method to test out new concepts and material. Given the often isolating nature of the industry, the New Writing Forum looks also to create an ideal environment for networking.

Previous industry guests and patrons include ‘Harry Potter’ director, Mike Newell; ‘Shakespeare in Love’ helmer, John Madden; ‘Iris’ director Richard Eyre; ‘Henry V’ producer David Parfitt; ‘Centurion’ actor David Morrissey, ‘Last of the Blonde Bombshells’ writer, Alan Plater, ‘The Queen’ producer, Cameron McCracken, ‘Harry Potter’ director, David Yates, ‘Behind the Lines’ director, Gillies Mackinnon and ‘An Education’ producer, Finola Dwyer.

Submission guidelines and terms and conditions are available at its web site.

SOS 2011

20th January 2011 by Maura McHugh

SOSSave Our Scripts (SOS) is an opportunity for writers and producers to meet and collaborate in a uniquely creative environment. As well as developing specific scripts, and building development skills the scheme aims to connect emerging writers and producers from all over Europe.

SOS will run from April to December 2011 and contains three residential workshops in different European countries, mentoring and virtual script meetings.

Writers on the programme will develop a feature length script from a one page idea. This is done through intensive workshops that feature industry professionals, development support from SOS mentors, and structured input from the producer participants, and writing peers.

Writers are eligible if they have had up to one feature film produced, but must be able to demonstrate their writing ability.

The final deadline for applications is the 31st January 2011.

For more information, such as eligibility and fees, consult the website.

Forced Entertainment Workshop

8th December 2010 by Maura McHugh

Project Arts CentreProject Arts Centre in association with the British Council Ireland are offering a unique opportunity to take part in a two day workshop with leading UK theatre company Forced Entertainment this January.

The Workshop
Steered by Richard Lowdon and Cathy Naden, co-founding members of Forced Entertainment, Moves in the Game will be a hands-on and practical investigation into beginnings and starting points for devised performance.

Using improvisation, discussion, text, movement and visual composition as principal devising tools, the 10-hour workshop over two days will spin through the possibilities and pitfalls that arise from generating and structuring material. With an emphasis on collaboration and group work, the participants will make short pieces in response to both specific instructions and more exploratory, open-ended proposals.

By setting a few ground rules about the process of making, Moves in the Game aims to inspire, question and challenge.

How do you apply?
If you are interested in participating in the workshop email Project Arts and tell them a bit about yourself and why you would like to take part. Applications are welcomed from individuals living in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and should be sent to with Moves in the Game in the subject line.

The Deadline for applications is 6pm on Friday 17 December 2010 and places are limited to 16.

When is it happening?
The workshop will take place over two days on Wednesday 12 January (10am to 6pm) and Thursday 13 January (10am to 1pm) in DanceHouse, Dublin. The price of the workshop also includes a ticket to see Forced Entertainment’s Void Story followed by a post show discussion at Project Arts Centre at 8pm on Thursday 13 January 2011.

How much will it cost?
The cost of participation including a ticket to see Void Story is €90.
Members of our PROJECTFAN scheme are entitled to a discounted rate of €80.

If you have any questions about participating in the workshop please email

Big Smoke Workshops

27th May 2010 by Maura McHugh

Big Smoke Writing FactoryThe Big Smoke Writing Factory is running a series of workshops that might be of interest to our members, including:

An Introduction to Screenwriting through The Sequence Approach

This weekend course provides an overview of The Sequence Approach to screenwriting. Writers will learn how to shape cinema stories effectively for the greatest effect on the audience. The craft of screenwriting becomes more manageable and enjoyable through the employment of The Sequence Approach.

If you have the kernel of an idea, plan to adapt from another medium or have been struggling with a promising screenplay that hasn’t come together yet, this course will make help to light work of the task ahead of you.

This course will be a mix of lectures, film analysis and q&a. It will include some exercises to help participants see how the approach can apply to works-in-progress. This is designed to make writing participants’ own screenplays easier. It can be taken as a stand-alone or as a foundation to the 10-week Screenwriting Course we will be offering this Autumn.

The course is taking place from 3-4 July, 2010, and will be taught by Mary Kate O Flanagan. The fee is €160.

Drama and Creative Writing: Focus on character and dialogue

Big Smoke Writing Factory is delighted to offer this day long workshop in drama and creative writing, designed and facilitated by one of its founding members, Nicole Rourke. Nicole trained in theatre with Tmu-Na Theatre Company, Tel-Aviv, Israel. She has worked in professional theatre both here and abroad for many years, mainly as an actor but has also experience in writing and directing. On top of this Nicole is highly experienced as both a drama facilitator and a creative writing facilitator – a combination which makes for a very unique workshop experience.

When it comes to telling stories, drama is really where it all begins. After all, we learn to speak and play before we learn to write. Combining the two can help the writer to expand their powers of observation, imagination and language as well as add that dramatic element that may be lacking. This unique workshop brings drama to your writing in an immediate and effective way.

Part 1:

  • Drama exercises and storytelling games to build character and gather ideas. Participants may use this section to further develop characters they are currently working on. (Please note that all the drama exercises are very gentle and nobody will be put on the spot to perform!)
  • Script analysis – Looking at Plotting, Structures, Characterisation, the Rhythms of Language and Dialogue.

Part 2:

  • Creative writing exercises and storyboarding to further develop ideas, storylines and characters.

Throughout the day each workshop participant will be immersed in a range of ideas and exercises designed to further develop their writing skills. This course is suitable for anyone with previous writing experience. With regard to the drama element, no experience is necessary.

Tea and biscuits will be provided by Big Smoke. There will be a break for lunch, also provided by Big Smoke.

The course is taking place on the 10th of July, and will be taught by Nicole Rourke. The fee is €100.

Information on these courses and others is available from the web site and can be paid for online.