Posts Tagged ‘television’

Treatments and Outlines

14th April 2011 by Maura McHugh

Galway Film CentreThe Galway Film Centre is running this short four-hour course on Friday May 13 (11am – 3pm), tutored by Mark McIlrath

What are Treatments and Step Outlines? Why are they necessary? What they are not? The workshop will look at how the Industry uses Treatments and Step Outlines and what producers and funders expect. Is there an Industry standard or is it about what works? What about length?

This workshop is aimed at scriptwriters who feel they’d like to understand these formats better. This workshop will involve in class exercises.

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

Fee: €65 unwaged/€75 waged. Those that have done a course with us within the last year: €58.50 unwaged/€67.50 waged

The course is limited to 8 places.

BBC Writers Academy 2011

11th April 2011 by Maura McHugh

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 –

London Comedy Writers Festival

30th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

London Comedy Writers Festival

The London Screenwriters’ Festival team is running a Spring Genre Comedy Festival for TV, Film and Radio Professionals, called the London Comedy Writers Festival.

It will comprise of an entire weekend dedicated to writing comedy for the screen with one day of seminars and one day of networking.

It will feature:

  • 400 professional delegates
  • 50 expert speakers
  • 30 empowering events

Dates: 9 – 10 April
Ticket price: £149
Venue: The London College of Film, Media and Performance at Regents College.

More information about the festival is available from the web site.

P.S. If you’re looking for a discount then courtesy of Irish screenwriter Danny Stack and his Scriptwriting in the UK blog, you can get £25 off the ticket price by using discount code: ScriptwritingUK.

Inside Applicants

29th March 2011 by Maura McHugh

Inside Pictures 2011Inside Pictures, one of the leading film industry business training and leadership skills development programme has launched its 2011 programme and is now looking for applicants.

In this, its eighth year, there are exciting new developments and for the first time Inside Pictures will be open not only to applicants from the UK but also from across the whole of the European Union. In a further new phase, Qwerty is also forming an exciting new partnership with the National Film and Television School, the UK’s national centre of excellence for postgraduate education, in order to deliver the ambitious new programme.

This year FÁS Screen Training Ireland and Bórd Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board are collaborating with Inside Pictures to offer support of 80% of course fees for up to two eligible and experienced Irish applicants. The successful applicants will be executives and producers who display determination to succeed. They will have at least five years’ experience in film or an associated creative industry such as television.

Application forms can be downloaded from, or requested from the Inside Pictures office via 01494 731 402 or e-mail The deadline for applications is 4th April 2011.

For more information, criteria and full application details, go to, or contact Sorcha Loughnane at FÁS Screen Training Ireland – email; ph: 01 6077468.

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.