Posts Tagged ‘screenwriting’

The Graft of the Craft

24th November 2015 by Maura McHugh

How Can Irish Scriptwriters Make a Living?

The WGI, in association with Screen Training Ireland, is organising a free one-day seminar on ‘The Graft of the Craft: How Can Irish Scriptwriters Make a Living?’.

It will take place from 10.00am – 12.30pm on Friday, 11 December, 2015, at 2nd Floor, Arthouse, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Participant Profile

This seminar is for scriptwriters who are currently writing for the Irish industry or who have done so in the past, but who would have primarily written for one sector to date, and would like to broaden their scope.

Course Profile

This seminar will consist of a panel of three writers who have extensive experience writing for more than one sector in the Irish industry. Between them they have written many successful stage plays, television drama series, radio plays, feature films and web series.

The panel will address the overall question as to whether Irish scriptwriters can make a living writing scripts for the Irish industry. Within this topic, they will give advice on how best to work across multiple sectors; whether multi-sector writing beats specialisation in one sector; whether different sectors demand different skill sets and how to actually pay the bills while you’re doing all of this!

The panel will share their experience and advice on these issues and will answer participants’ questions throughout.

Writers’ Panel

Gary Duggan is a playwright and screenwriter. He co-wrote RTE’s very successful series Amber, along with numerous stage plays including Monged, Shibari, Trans-Euro Express and Neuropolis. He writes regularly on Fair City and has also written radio drama and web series including Storyland.

Lauren Mackenzie has written extensively for television and film and is known for her writing on many successful Irish TV drama series such as Pure Mule, Fair City, Bachelors Walk, Deception, Na Cloigne and The Clinic. Her horror feature film The Daisy Chain starred Samantha Morton and she is currently writing for TV3’s Red Rock.

Christian O’Reilly is a playwright, screenwriter and radio writer. His plays include Is This About Sex? , Chapatti and It Just Came Out.  As well as having penned the acclaimed feature film Inside I’m Dancing, he has also written extensively for Irish and British television, including On Home Ground, Deception, Red Rock, Doctors, Holby City and Eastenders.

Chair/Moderator: David Kavanagh, CEO of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland


Please apply online at the web site.

Space is limited so booking is essential.

For further details contact the Writers’ Guild of Ireland at; ph: (01) 670 9970.

2015 ZeBBie Award Winners

20th May 2015 by Maura McHugh

The Writers Guild of Ireland has announced the winners of the 2015 ZeBBie Awards at its awards ceremony in The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, hosted by Senator David Norris.

Best Television Script

  • Stuart Carolan for Love/Hate – Series 5, Episode 4

Best Radio Script

  • Louise Lewis & Simon Manahan for The Churching of Happy Cullen

Best Theatre Script

  • Mark O’Rowe for Our Few And Evil Days

Best Feature Film Script

  • John Michael McDonagh for Calvary

Best Short Film Script

  • Ronan Blaney for Boogaloo and Graham

Best Game Script

  • Llaura McGee for Curtain

Honorary Services to Writers Award

  • Michael Judge & James Douglas, co-founders of the Society of Irish Playwrights

Congratulations to the winners, and well done to all the nominees.

Thanks to poet Martin Dyar for his recitations before the ceremony, and to Dominos Pizza for their much-welcomed delivery after the winners were announced.

Plus, bualadh bos to our members for turning up and celebrating the best in Irish writing tonight!

We’d also like to express our appreciation to our staff, volunteers, and committee members who worked so hard to create a memorable event.

And once again a huge thank you to Senator David Norris for his entertaining hosting of the ZeBBie Awards Ceremony.

Senator David Norris hosts the 2015 ZeBBie Awards

On Winning a ZeBBie: Antoin Beag Ó Colla

28th April 2015 by Maura McHugh

A native of Donegal, Antoin won his first ZeBBie award in 2014 for his short film Rúbaí, snagging honors for Best Short Film Script.

‘Winning the ZeBBie to me was huge, at the time Rúbaí was my only project and at the time I was working in Penneys in Galway,’ Antoin said. ‘In fact, on the day of the ZeBBies I was up at half five in the morning to do a half six to three shift, I then went home, showered, changed and straight up to Dublin for the ZeBBies at about seven or eight.

‘It was really overwhelming to be in this room with a bunch of really great working writers. I felt quite intimidated, and like I was going to be found out at any moment for being an impostor.’

Antoin’s Irish-language production focuses on 8-year-old Rúbaí’s refusal to fast in preparation for her First Holy Communion. A self-pronounced atheist, Rúbaí faces intolerance from all around, engaging in philosophical and religious debate and falling prey to emotional blackmail. The film leaves viewers questioning the perceived “modern” Irish culture.

‘The ZeBBie has given me a confidence that I haven’t had before,’ Antoin said. ‘When people ask me what I do, I used to say I work in a shop, but since the ZeBBies I now say proudly that I’m a writer.

‘When I’m doubting myself as a writer and wanting to take a risk in my scripts, I do see the ZeBBie and it just makes me say to myself “go for it.” Just trust your instincts and go for it.’

Aside from the ZeBBie, Rúbaí also received honors as the Best First Short Drama at the Galway Film Fleadh along with Best of Drama and Best of Festival awards at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival.

Since his ZeBBie win, Antoin has taken a position in the script department at Red Rock, pitching story ideas and characters and creating a shadow episode soon. Additionally, he is developing his own show for TG4: the world’s first Irish-language sex comedy. Six months in the making, Antoin is hoping to make it back to screen soon.

February Lucky Dozen Talk

15th January 2015 by Maura McHugh

As part of our ongoing ‘Lucky Dozen’ talks for WGI members, playwright and screenwriter Gary Duggan will give a talk on Writing Amber and Creating a TV Drama Series, at 7pm on Thursday, 5 February at the Writers’ GuiId office.

Gary will discuss his work on RTE’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 and the challenges of making the transition from writing for theatre to TV.

If you’d like to attend, please email: info (at) by Wednesday, 28 January with ‘Lucky Dozen’ in the subject line.

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

Gary Duggan is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. He co-wrote Amber, a major four part drama for RTE/Screenworks. Amber has sold to multiple territories throughout the world (including Netflix in the US and UK) and achieved very high viewing figures in Ireland on RTÉ One and BBC4.

He has also written a number of stage plays that have been performed throughout Ireland and in the UK, Romania, and New York. His first play, Monged, won the Stewart Parker Trust Award in 2006. His latest play, Shibari, premiered at The Abbey Theatre in 2012 as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. He also writes regularly for the popular Irish soap Fair City and in 2009 he wrote three episodes (and directed one) of Happyslapper, a web drama for RTÉ’s first Storyland initiative.

November Lucky Dozen

17th October 2014 by Maura McHugh

We’re pleased to announce another in our Lucky Dozen series of talks created exclusively for our members.

This time the topic is:

Writing for Comic Books by Maura McHugh

Date 7pm on Thursday, 6 November
Venue: WGI Office, Arthouse, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

At the moment there is a trend to write comics with the aim to create a visual product to sell as a movie adaptation. While screenwriting and comic book writing share a number of commonalities, they also have specific differences both in format and technique. Maura will discuss the basics of the form, the ins and outs of working in this industry, as well as offering some pointers for those who are considering writing in this medium.

To book a place at this talk, please email our main address listed below by 30 October with ‘Lucky Dozen’ in the subject line – this talk is open only to current members of the WGI.

As always, it’s first-come, first-served, so respond quickly to get one of the twelve slots going!

Maura McHugh lives in Galway and has just finished co-writing a comic book series called Witchfinder: The Secrets of Unland with Kim Newman for Dark Horse Comics in the USA. She has also written comics for Atomic Diner in Ireland – one of the titles, Jennifer Wilde, has been nominated for both an Eagle Award and a British Fantasy Award. Maura also writes prose (with two short story collections published in the USA), and wrote a section of a horror anthology play which had a sold-out run in the West End in London.