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.
Sometimes you do your best writing in bed. Give yourself permission to do this.
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.
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.
My short film Two Little Boys is being screened at an industry launch at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast on Thursday 18th October at 6pm. I’m excited about seeing it on the big screen for the first time.
Actor Shaun Blaney, pictured here, has done a wonderful job of capturing the suppressed pain and trauma of the lead character Sean.
Thanks to director Ryan Tohill and all the cast and crew for all the hard work they’ve put into the film.
My short film Two Little Boys is shooting this weekend. As a poet I’m used to being in control of what I write, down to the last comma. As a scriptwriter, I hand my work over to a director and they get to add their creative vision to mine. I’m practicing letting go, trusting that in the best cases these two visions come together to create something greater than the individual parts.
I’m delighted that my short film Two Little Boys is going to be made as part of Northern Ireland Screen’s Short Steps Scheme. Two Little Boys is the story of a young soldier who seeks comfort in his old family home but the horrors of war haunt him wherever he goes.
The director Ryan Tohill is designing shots as we speak. After months working on the script, it’s strange having to let go and hand it over to someone else to shoot, but I know it’s safe in Ryan’s hands as he’s grasped what I wanted to stay right from the start.
Thanks to Ryan and the Short Step’s team Christine Morrow, Natasha Geary and Jim Meredith for helping to develop the script.
Wish me luck for the next few days. I’m heading down to the Ulster Hall for a reading and workshop today, off to Galway tomorrow for an Over The Edge reading with Bernie McGill, Maureen Boyle and others, then off to Paris next week to read with Moyra Donaldson and Maureen Boyle. And in between all that the lovely Ryan Tohill will be shooting a scene from my short film Two Little Boys as part of the Short Steps scheme. See you on the other side!