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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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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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