Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Weekend Writing Courses in Dublin

There are some cracking weekend courses at the IWC this weekend. (Shame it clashes with the Poetry Now festival)

Story Story Workshop with Molly McCloskey (She's the current Trinity Fellow)
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March: 10.30am-4.30pm
The workshop will explore various aspects of the short story– character, structure, dialogue, pacing, and so on – by looking at examples of the short story form from its best practitioners and by analysing writing from workshop participants. Participants should arrive at the workshop with stories-in-progress ready to share with the group for discussion. 
Beginners' Creative Writing with Kerry Hardie (Super poet, very lyrical)
Saturday 27th March: 10.30am-4.30pm.
This one-day course introduces aspiring writers to various techniques and exercises that help to free-up their imagination. It is suitable both for writers who are only starting off and for those who haven’t written much yet. The purpose of this compact course is to help students to set aside what they think they ought to be writing about and to help them to identify what actually excites them. 
Storytelling for Film and TV with Sean Hardie (A lovely man, don't know much about his writing)
Saturday 27th March: 10.30am-4.30pm
Sean Hardie, the producer, director and writer of Not the Nine O'Clock News, is teaching the art and craft of screenplay storytelling for film and television. The course explores ways to create and maintain dramatic tension through the interplay of plot and character; how to play games with your characters’ – and your audience’s - emotions, assumptions and expectations. It is suitable for anyone trying to write for film or television, but particularly for those who’ve tried and would like to do better next time.   
The Practice of Writing with Mia Gallagher (A generous teacher)
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th March: 10.30am-4.30pm
This workshop is aimed at people who want to deepen their awareness of their writing process with a view to sustaining their writing practice in the long-term. Using elements which are key to the facilitator’s own practice – reading, dialogue, field trips, dedicated writing time, entertainment and critiquing – participants will explore ways of generating material, engaging with content and form and challenging their own (and others’) received notions of writing. 

One-day courses cost €70 while two-day ones are €140.

For more information or to book click here; 

Also a screen writing course.
Alan Keane is offering a two-day Introduction to Screenwriting seminar on Saturday, March 27th and Sunday, March 28th, in the Smithfield/Stoneybatter Area in Dublin City.
Screenwriting is a notoriously difficult career to get ahead in and all too often people make the plunge with little knowledge as to how the industry works and what's exactly required to get yourself noticed. This 2-day seminar will act as a crash course in understanding the principles involved in great writing. It will help you to become aware of the skills and craft you'll need to create unforgettable stories that will get you noticed by readers and also help get you an agent.

* Format
* Style
* Dialogue writing
* Visual Grammar
* Three Act Structure
* The craft of writing a scene
* Characterisation and the arc of transformation
* Genre
* What the readers are looking for - An industry perspective
* How do I get my first break?
Cost of the seminar is €95.

To register your interest email scriptreadingireland@gmail.com or contact Alan at: 086-1972270. There is also a Facebook page for the event.

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