Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Script Writing Festival

360 Script Writing Festival 2012

360º is an annual festival of inspiring and professional workshops offering craft skills and industry knowledge across the different mediums: TV, Screen, Radio and Theatre. The festival is one of the best opportunities through the year to meet likeminded and industry people in Belfast.

Workshops and talks are for people interested in making a living from script writing in TV, Radio, Film or Theatre.

Wednesday 25th until Friday 27th of January 2012.
Workshops and talks will take place during the day.
We have a networking event on Wednesday evening and we are heading to the pub on Thursday evening.

Studio One, Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast BOOK!
The workshops are free. There is a limited number of places so please book early by contacting Bronagh Taylor on or call on 02890 338 845.
Please state clearly which workshops you are interested in. When a workshop or talk is full we will keep a waiting list.


11.00 – 1 pm TV TALK (80 places)
6Degrees – A brand new drama series for BBC Northern Ireland
BBC Northern Ireland will launch 6Degrees in February 2012. Over 6 half hour episodes the first series follows six freshers as they arrive from Cork, Derry, Newry, London and Belfast, adapt to their new surroundings and crash through their first term at university. The series gave writers Michael Shannon, Eoin Clelland and Bronagh Taggart their first TV Credits. This will be an opportunity to get a sneak preview of the show and hear from the writers about the process and what is unique about working on a drama series set in Northern Ireland. You will also get the chance to put your questions to the co-creator and producer Colin O’Donnell about the challenges creating a TV series.

2 – 3.30pm FILM TALK (80 places)
Working with truth - Good Vibrations
Writers Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry discuss their screenplay about the life of Terri Hooley. “It tracks Terri's life from the late sixties right through the whole period of The Troubles. Terri was the person who put out 'Teenage Kicks' by The Undertones and was involved in the punk scene in a big way; it's a brilliant story,” The writers will talk about how they went about taking a real life story and creating a compelling and entertaining movie.

3.45 – 5.15 THEATRE TALK (80 places)
Using Video on Stage with Conan McIvor
The use of video, moving image and technology in stage plays is now happening more frequently. How do we as writers think about the potential of this mixed media when we sit down to shape our ideas for the stage? Video artist Conan McIvor has worked with many theatre companies using video, live relay and other new technologies. Recently he ran the Tinderbox Writers Lab 2011, which explored using video as part of the narrative. Conan will share his experiences from past projects, the Writers Lab and upcoming production Marianne Dreams looking at examples of the use of video on stage as well as exploring its potential.

It’s not what you know it is who you know!
Your chance to meet the industry people on the search for talented writers for TV, Film, theatre and radio. Your chance to meet the following companies - Double Band, Big Fish, Mammoth, Northern Ireland Screen The Abbey Theatre, Kabosh Theatre Co, Tinderbox and more. There will also be freelance script editors and script readers around.


11.00am – 1.00 pm TV TALK (80 places)
In April eight writers will be selected for the BBC Writers Academy

Jenny Robins will give you the lowdown on the BBC Writers Academy, a major initiative aimed at discovering and training the next generation of writers for BBC One’s flagship shows: EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, and Doctors. Eight writers are selected out of hundreds of applicants to undergo the intensive 15-month programme designed to equip them with all the skills necessary to write successfully for BBC Drama. "You can't teach writing. What you can teach is structure, and if writers master that, it allows them access to their voice - and it is those voices that will keep the industry thriving." - John Yorke, Controller, Drama Production. The online application forms can be completed through the BBC Jobs website - after 11th April 2011. Find out what they will be looking for and further details of what the course entails.

2.00 – 3.30pm Kate Rowland - TV WORKSHOP (NOW FULL)
Getting to the heart of the matter - TV Series Workshop
How do you make a big idea a brilliant idea? What is at the core of the programmes you have loved and cherished? How do you connect to the heart of your story? How do you make your ideas feel fresh and distinctive and avoid stories and TV formats feeling contrived? These are the kind of questions we will be seeking to answer in this TV workshop. By reflecting on shows from the past and present that we have loved and hated and working with your own ideas we will try to get to the ‘heart’ of TV drama.

4.00pm – 5.30pm – Practical TV Workshop (NOW FULL)
Great character writing. TV WORKSHOP
How do you express the essence of a character as quickly as possible? How do you give all your characters their own distinct voice? What will help your audience connect with your characters? Great character writing will give your writing authenticity and in this practical workshop you be analysing examples and will be giving it a go yourself

6.30 onwards PUB


The world (of the play) is your oyster!
When you write a script you are in charge of how the world of the play works. This workshop will look at how and why we might create worlds that work differently from naturalism whether you are writing a fantasy, a musical, a surrealist work or working with metaphor.  Being the master of your universe also comes with responsibilities towards your audiences, your characters and what the play is about. We will explore the possibilities and the consequences of writing a world with a completely new logic, how to shape this new world and how to make it work for you.    A practical workshop with Hanna Slattne, Tinderbox Theatre Company

2 – 3.30pm THEATRE TALK (80 Places)
To Playwright and Produce! With Deirdre Kinahan

Deirdre Kinahan is an award winning writer and the Artistic Director of Tall Tales Theatre Company. She began writing plays in 1999 whilst juggling a young family and an emerging theatre company.  She quickly concluded that writing for theatre without audience or production is pointless and so began to self-produce, creating commissions and finding ways for her plays to be on in theatres in Ireland and abroad. Continually inspired by other writers and passionate about theatre Deirdre will talk about how the contemporary playwright can generate work, make connections and grow artistically.

4.00 – 5.30pm RADIO TALK and WORKSHOP (80 places)

Want to get your short story recorded for BBC R4?
BBC Northern Ireland's Radio Drama department are holding a workshop and Q&A on everything you need to know about writing short stories for radio.  Ian Sansom, author of the Mobile Library detective series, Afternoon Reading writer and Creative Writing Lecturer at Queens University, will be sharing his wisdom and wit alongside Radio Drama Producer Heather Larmour.   They will also be launching an opportunity for students to pen an Afternoon Reading to be recorded and broadcast on R4 in 2012/13 - find out full details on how to submit your story.

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