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Mindshift: Breaking Into Television

I’m delighted to be part of the Irish Writers Centre Mindshift: Breaking Into Television day on Saturday 6th October at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin.

My session on Writing Drama runs from 11.50am-1.00pm

In this session find out what all drama commissioners are looking for and how to write a script that stands out. We’ll also look at the importance of story and what a script is NOT. I’ll share my experiences of writing for both the BBC and RTE. I worked as a script editor with the BBC for 8 years and I’ll also share my insights from the script editor’s point of view. I’ll detail what’s required in a submission, and how to build a relationship with an editor. There’ll also be some short writing exercises to get you thinking more deeply about your writing.

The day also includes Writing Comedy with James Phelan and a Panel session with Heather Browning and James Phelan chaired by David Kavanagh.

Date: Sat 6 Oct 2018
Time: 10.30am – 4.00pm
Duration: 1 Day
Cost: €50/€40 Members


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Form As A Tool

I had a really fun day running the Writing For Television workshop for the Fermanagh Writers Group last weekend. We talked a lot about 3 act structure.  The structure used in television and film writing has a lot of similarities to the use of forms in poetry. In both cases I would advise using the form as a tool for rewriting. I find it best to generate your raw material first and see if it can be gently massaged into a sonnet or into 3 act structure or whatever form you’re working with. If you start with the form and try to force a piece of work into that straitjacket you are likely to end up with a lifeless thing with no soul. And what is the point of poetry or any writing if it has no soul?

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Writing for Television Workshop

I’ll be leading a workshop on Writing for Television in Enniskillen on Saturday 12th November. The day will include a fun session on generating ideas, a beginner’s guide to 3 act structure and an insight into the world of television and the top mistakes new writers make, gleaned from my many years working as a BBC script editor. The venue is the Westville Hotel and the sessions will run from 1-5pm. It’s organised by the local writers group but anyone is welcome to attend and best of all it’s free. If you would like to come along, please contact Dianne Trimble on mailto:trimbell@yahoo.co.uk to book your place.

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