What’s The Story? Screenwriting In Armagh

I’m delighted to be teaching the screenwriting course at this year’s John O’Connor Writing School in Armagh, from 3rd-5th November.

During these practical and inspiring sessions you’ll learn how to create characters that leap off the page, how to structure a story for the screen, how to write a great scene, explore the common mistakes writers make and more. This is suitable for beginners and emerging screenwriters who want to take their scripts to a deeper level. We’ll focus primarily on TV and film, but many of the tools and insights can be adapted for radio and stage.

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I’ll be passing on all all of my tips and insider knowledge gained as an award winning writer for TV, short film, radio and theatre, and during my 8 years as a BBC script editor

The wonderful Barry Devlin is teaching the screenwriting masterclass on the Saturday.

The festival last year was  friendly, intimate and great crack  – so many writers mingling in such a small city.

 

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Free Your Creative Voice – Heartfelt Writing Weekend – 21st-22nd October

Take time out to focus on your creativity, get inspired, feed your soul, and pick up some new tips and tools to take your writing to the next level.

This inspiring weekend empowers you to get writing and stay writing.

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We’ll be covering new material, so this is suitable whether you’ve been on a previous weekend or if this is your first time coming along.

Throughout the weekend we’ll look at:

  • Getting your creativity flowing again
  • Building your inner confidence.
  • Reconnecting with the joy of writing.
  • Inspirational writing exercises.
  • Tips for deepening your writing.
  • Dealing with self-doubt and blocks.
  • Finding a writing routine that works and stays fun.

As always, this weekend will focus on how to write in a way that connects with other people, reaching into the deepest level of their being. This heartfelt writing has the power to change people’s lives. We will explore practical writing techniques from this deeper perspective.

Beautiful words and an understanding of craft are not enough – the substance under the words is what matters.

Here is some of the lovely feedback from previous Heartfelt Writing Weekends:

“It has been a hugely uplifting experience – funny, poignant and immensely enjoyable 2 days – and it has gone in a flash!” Laura Graham

“New ideas presented clearly and with humour and intelligence, and soul. Brilliant way to spend two days soaking up the inspiration.”

“Very inspiring exercises taught with tact, humour and grace.”

“Packed with helpful, practical tips and info. Uplifting and confidence inspiring.”

“Totally eye opening and lots of tips and tricks to writing that I didn’t know. Wonderful workshop, the right amount of learning and love!”

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For those who don’t know me, I’m a poet with two published collections and an award winning screenwriter and playwright. I won the Claddagh Film Script Award, the BBC Writersroom Undercover competition and I’ve had two plays and a short film produced. I was a writer for two years on RTE’s flagship drama, Fair City, and the award winning teen drama Seacht. I also spent eight years working as a BBC script editor, five years as a freelance journalist and I have a Masters in Creative Writing. I’m currently one of this year’s Artists-in-Residence at the Belfast International Arts Festival. I’ve been mentoring and facilitating writing workshops for twelve years.

I wrote my first poem at the age of eight but stopped writing when a teacher praised my poem but said I could never have written something so good and it must have been copied. I stood at the front of the class in tears. The humiliation and criticism stopped me writing for the next fifteen years. Self doubt and fear of ridicule can block all writers, often for years, and I’m passionate about helping writers get their work into the world and not waste precious time.

Whether you’re writing a novel, screenplay, poetry, short stories or play, this weekend will help you approach your work in a fresh and deeper way.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Email deirdre.cartmill@yahoo.co.uk to book your place.

£30 deposit secures your place.

Venue:  Donegall St Pl, Belfast BT1 2FN

Dates: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October.

Time: 11am-5pm

Cost: £125 –  early bird price of £100 if you book by Monday 9th October.

You can pay the deposit (£32) or full amount (£127) via Paypal at the link below, or message me if you want to pay by cheque or bank transfer.

http://www.paypal.me/DCartmillWriter

 

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Writer-in-Residence & Poetry Jukebox

I’m delighted to be writer-in-residence alongside Maria McManus at this year’s Belfast International Arts Festival. As part of our residency we’re curating Ireland’s first Poetry Jukebox, which is installed outside the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast and goes live on 12th October.

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The Poetry Jukebox is an on-street sound installation providing an exciting new platform for poetry. This will be a permanent installation, but we will change the content three or four times a year. We see this as an innovative new ‘journal’ of poetry for the island of Ireland. Its on-street presence can capture the imagination and has at its core the ability, as Heaney wrote, to “catch the heart off-guard and blow it open”. The first jukebox has poems form world renowned Irish poets, rising stars and new voices.

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We want to open minds and hearts with the power and intensity and gentleness of poetry.  Hearing poetry unexpectedly in the street can inspire people, make an ordinary moment sacred, and change how people see the city and themselves.

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The Poetry Jukebox will be launched as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival on 12th October 2017. This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

 

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Poetry Jukebox – Call For Submissions

POESIOMAT – the Poetry Jukebox, is an on-street sound installation that provides an innovative new platform for poetry. It is curated by poets Maria McManus and Deirdre Cartmill.

We are calling for submissions for the first Poetry Jukebox in Ireland which will be launched as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival in October 2017. It will be located outside the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast.

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Read the full submission criteria here. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 20th August.

Don’t forget to download, sign and return this Permissions Consent Form with your submission. Good luck everyone.

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Writing Scripts That Sing – Weekend Workshop

This weekend workshop on 1st and 2nd April will focus on how to write scripts that connect with other people, reaching into the deepest level of their being. We will explore practical writing techniques from this deeper perspective.

We will move beyond craft to discover how to write a script that sings.

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Over the weekend we’ll look at:

  • Creating characters that leap off the page with their fire, passion and humanity.
  • The secret to story – how to focus on the real story – the emotional journey that underpins three act structure.
  • Analysing the scene – how to write a great scene; common mistakes writers make.
  • Capturing a living thing – how to edit your own work without making the final work lifeless.
  • What to include in a great pitch, synopsis and treatment.
  • Working in partnership with a script editor – how to make this partnership work for you.
  • How to relax at a pitching meeting.
  • Staying wild and free during the writing process, finding the courage to say what you need to say and therefore the freedom to inspire people to change.

And more…

For those who don’t know me, I’m an award winning screenwriter, playwright, poet and script editor. I won the Claddagh Film Script Award, the BBC Writersroom Undercover competition and was a top 10 finalist in the Red Planet Prize. I was selected for Channel 4’s Screenwriting Scheme and completed the pilot episode for an original serial. I’ve had two plays and a short film produced. I spent two years as a scriptwriter and story writer on RTE’s flagship drama, Fair City. I also wrote for the award winning teen drama Seacht. I spent eight years working as a BBC script editor and I have a Masters in Creative Writing. I’ve been facilitating writing workshops for twelve years and now mentor clients one to one.

I’m passionate about helping writers get their work into the world and not waste precious time.

Booking is essential as places are limited to 16.

Date: Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April

Venue: The Rose Room, 7 North Street, Belfast, BT1 1NH

Time: 11am-5pm

Cost: £125. Early bird price of £100 if booked by 31st February.

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Reading At Paul Muldoon’s Picnic

I had a fantastic night reading at Muldoon’s Picnic alongside Paul Muldoon, the Horslips, Maria McManus, Martina Devlin, Peter McVeigh, Stuart Neville, Ann Enright and Michael Longley. It was one of the many great events as part of the inaugural John O’Connor Writing School in Armagh.

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This was the first time Paul Muldoon hosted one of his famous ‘picnics’ outside of New York. It was wonderful to be a part of it.

 

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Whatever Works For Your Writing – Do It!

Sometimes you do your best writing in bed. Give yourself permission to do this.

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When I was writing for Fair City I used to lie in bed in the mornings running a scene over and over in my head until it was perfect, and then get up and write it down. My partner at the time used to ask when I was getting up, and laughed when I said I was thinking. I wondered if I was kidding myself until I got speaking to another writer on the series who said she did the exact same thing.

I remembered all this this morning when I was having a lie in. During this lie in I wrote a blog, a course outline, some tweets, this post and the answer to a question that’s been bothering me for a long time. Now that’s what I call a lie in.

Whatever works for you – do it!

PS During my lie in I also got this in a dream – God does not always come in lightning strikes but in a series of small kisses. You can replace God with the Muse, Inspiration, writing angel, whatever – just grab those kisses when they come.

 

 

 

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