Posts Tagged ‘script development’

Visual Screenwriting Course

12th April 2011

Galway Film CentreThe Galway Film Centre is running this course, tutored by Mark McIlrath, aimed at writers with treatments or screenplays. This is an excellent opportunity to look at your story from a completely new perspective. The tutor will work with you by email prior to the course to develop your idea.

The first step will be to look at your story in terms of Sequences. Next, the Dramatic Structure and the key images in your story will be examined. This will include looking at the motifs, symbols and metaphors and asking why they are necessary, how you’re using them, and how you can develop a coherent Image System which layers the themes of your film. Participants will be asked to take basic digital photos, and present the story through stills using Power Point (similar to Chris Marker’s La Jetée). Help will be given, if needed, in the use of Power Point.

Dates: 3 Days, May 14 – 16.

Fee: €295 unwaged/€315 waged. Prices include membership for year. Members who have done a course within the last year: €225 unwaged/€234 waged. Members who haven’t done a course with us in the last year: €250 unwaged/€260 waged

To apply or for more info, contact Mary at or phone 091-770748.

The course is limited to 8 places.

BBC Writers Academy 2011

11th April 2011

Applications for the 2011 BBC Drama Writers Academy are now open.

Visit the BBC Jobs website for further information and access to the online application process.

Applicants must have had at least one professional commission in either television, theatre, radio or film.

Writers will need to apply online individually and to submit an original full length sample of their writing.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 5th May 2011.

The course is specifically designed to train writers to write for Casualty, Holby City, EastEnders and Doctors.

Alongside training on all aspects of drama production from casting to scheduling, students will receive direct writing experience on continuing dramas, with commissions on the shows once they successfully complete the course.

Creativity, talent and a passion for telling stories are essential criteria for those applying.

Since  the course started six years ago, 35 out of 48 graduates have gone on to gain full time work in writing for TV, with 14 of the graduates now established as core writers on continuing drama shows  (including the lead writers on both Holby and Casualty).  In addition, eleven others have gone on to work on other shows including, Shameless, Waterloo Road, Wild and Heart, Coming Up and The Cut.  Six are currently developing original projects with BBC Drama – two of which, 32 Brinkburn Street (Karen Laws) and The Accidental Farmer (Daisy Coulam) have been made.

Any questions about the application process, or eligibility, please email me Ceri Meyrick –

Big Smoke Weekend Course

21st January 2011

Big Smoke Writing FactoryThe Big Smoke Writing Factory is running Screenwriting: A Two-Day Course in Writing and Rewriting Key Scenes with Mary Kate O Flanagan from 10am-5pm on February 5th and 6th, 2011. It costs €190.

This course teaches writers of drama to invest their scenes with dramatic tension and increase audience involvement in the story.

It will also look at visual storytelling to enhance or replace dialogue as a means of telling a story.

It will examine how a classic scene is constructed and practise writing key scenes, such as:

Scenes of preparation
Scenes of aftermath
Scenes of seduction
Scenes of introduction

Writers can bring along scenes from works in progress or invent scenarios for the purpose of the course. There will be a lot of interactivity so places are limited to ten.

Further details on how to apply are on the web site.

Script Clinic

18th August 2010

FAS Screen Training Ireland IADT National Film School

FÁS Screen Training Ireland, in association with The National Film School, IADT, seeks participants for their new course, Script Clinic: Developing your project for funding.

Dates: Thursday 23rd – Saturday 26th September
Location: Dublin, Odessa Club, Dublin 2.
Fee: €200

Participant Profile
This script clinic is for emerging writers who have completed a post-graduate screenwriting course or have professional equivalent experience.  The goal is to bring projects to a standard where they will be strong contenders for funding and/or investment from producers.

Participants will have a feature film project (at outline or early draft stage) to bring through the clinic. This will not necessarily be the project they developed on their post-graduate course.

Course Profile
The purpose of the course is to bring projects completed on a course (or in isolation) to the stage where they are ready to apply funding and/or be ready to meet and present their projects to producers.

This course provides emerging writers with the opportunity to bring a project through an intensive development process that will hothouse their script under the guidance of experienced script consultants.  The clinic will provide them not only with expert feedback on their project, but also peer-to-peer feedback from other emerging writers.  Lastly there will be an emphasis on practical advice as to how to grow a career as a screenwriter, that is guidance on how emerging writers should present their work, approach producers and funders, make contacts, and develop professional relationships.

The four days will consist of lectures and workshops in the mornings with each project being brought through an individual development process in the afternoon sessions.

The course will cover the following:

  • Developing a draft of a script to deadline
  • Writing treatments and outlines
  • Replacing expositional dialogue with visual storytelling
  • Developing vivid characters
  • Approaching potential collaborators and funders professionally
  • Working successfully with producers

There will be follow-up meetings of two hours each six weeks later to give guidance and feedback on the progress each writer has made.

Tutor Profile
Mary Kate O Flanagan works as a script consultant and trainer with writers and producers in Ireland and internationally. She trained with David Howard, author of The Tools of Screenwriting and Martin Daniel, Professor of Screenwriting at USC. She is a guest lecturer at The National Film School of Ireland, has an MA in Screenwriting and is a film reviewer for Newstalk 106. She gives screenwriting workshops in Ireland for Fas/STI among others, and overseas, having designed and delivered screenwriting training across Europe and in South Africa and Botswana. Mary Kate’s own screenwriting has won awards internationally and she has several feature film projects funded by IFB/Bord Scann·n.

Rachel O’Flanagan is one of Ireland’s most experienced and highly trained script editors and has worked with leading producers and screenwriters on a variety of projects, including animation, television drama and feature films, including several award-winning and critical and commercial successes. She has been a guest lecturer in screenwriting film development and script editing at The Huston Film School, The National Film School/IADT and Filmbase and has consulted on various television and feature film projects with Irish, UK, Scandinavian and US-based production companies and writers.

Jean Rice has worked in the film and television industry for over twenty years in Ireland, the UK and the US.  She has lectured on the BA Film & Television and on the MA in Screenwriting for Film & Television at the National Film School at IADT for the last ten years.

Please apply to (with Script Clinic in subject heading) with a CV and a one-page outline of the work in progress (N.B. This can be a new project that is at outline stage; successful applicants will be asked to submit a 10-page outline or early draft a week before the course start date).

For further details contact Criona Sexton/Claire Dix at F¡S Screen Training Ireland.  Ph:  (01) 6077437/087 6720492   Email: (with Script Clinic in subject heading).  Or contact Jean Rice at IADT:

Deadline for applications:  1st September 2010.