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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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Writing Mentoring

I’m in a position to take on some new mentoring clients in July. I’ll take you through a 90 day one to one mentoring programme that is tailored specifically for you.

Over the course of this programme I’ll pass on all the technique, insights and insider information I’ve gathered over the years as both an award wining writer and during my 8 years as a script editor with the BBC.

I’ll help you 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.

We will also look at tools to break through your self doubt and blocks, so you can get writing and stay writing.

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We’ll look at how to:

– be a heartfelt witness to life, so you’re overflowing with ideas that you are passionate about.

– create characters who leap off the page with their fire, passion and humanity.

– focus on the essential essence of every story – making your character go on a heartfelt, inner emotional journey of change.

– capture a living thing. How to shape, edit and polish without making the final work lifeless.

– stay 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

If you’d like to find out more, email me at deirdre.cartmill(at)yahoo.co.uk and we can arrange a time to chat.

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Heartfelt Writing Weekend

I’m running a Heartfelt Writing Weekend Workshop on 23rd and 24th January. 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.

We will also look at tools to break through your self doubt and blocks, so you can get writing and stay writing.

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

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Over the weekend we’ll look at how to:

– be a heartfelt witness to life, so you’re overflowing with ideas that you are passionate about.

– create characters who leap off the page with their fire, passion and humanity.

– focus on the essential essence of every story – making your character go on a heartfelt, inner emotional journey of change.

– capture a living thing. How to shape, edit and polish without making the final work lifeless.

– stay 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.

spiritual book

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 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. 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, graphic novel or play, this weekend will help you approach your work in a fresh and deeper way.

The workshop will take place in the beautiful and calming environment at The White Feather, 7 North Street, Belfast, BT1 1NH. Free tea and coffee provided.

Booking is essential as places are limited to ten.

Dates: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January.

Times: 11am-5pm

Cost; £120. £30 deposit secures your place.

Email me at info@deirdrecartmill.com if you’d like to book a place or find out more.

If you can’t make the workshop but are interested in my one to one mentoring programme, drop me an email and we can arrange to have a chat about it or jump on a Skype call.

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The End of a Great Year

Layout 1It’s lovely to be able to look back on the year and go that was a great one. The publication of my second collection The Return of the Buffalo was a real highlight. I was lucky to do some great interviews about the book, including this one on Culture Northern Ireland. The relaunch and enhanced web presence of my publisher Lagan Press means you can view interviews and see me reading my poetry on You Tube.

D Cartmill MuralTaking part in the Corners Expedition to the Basque Country with 25 international artists was an inspirational and life changing experience. My residency in the beautiful environs of An Creagan will stay with me for a long time. I was also lucky to be able to do many poetry readings, including in some unusual venues like the Arts Council’s MacNeice House and a funeral home!

004My short film Two Little Boys was featured in the Belfast Film Festival. I was also commissioned for Terra Nova’s new theatre project Arrivals and I’m looking forward to the first reading of my play on 9th January.

My creative writing teaching has allowed me to meet many wonderful people. This year I’ve worked with the Belfast Book Festival, Artscare, the BBC, the WEA, Poetry in Motion, NI Libraries, Monaghan Libraries, Small Steps, Consensus and many schools.

Here’s to a great new year and everything it may bring.

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