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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]  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

Listowel Workshop 2011

25th March 2011

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

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

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

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