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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Cost: £125. Early bird price of £100 if booked by 31st February.
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.
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.
My short film Two Little Boys makes its festival debut as part of the Belfast Film Festival on Sunday 21st April from 10am in the QFT. I can’t wait to see it up on the big screen. Tickets cost £6 and this gives you entrance to a full morning’s viewing of 13 short films.