Online: Scriptwriting Workshop for Beginners with Stephen Walsh
Starts: Tues 20 Oct 2020
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: €165/€150 members
Course Level: Beginner
All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)
Participants will be introduced to the basic building-blocks of story and script, which they will then use to complete a short screenplay of their own over the course of the six weeks. The course will be conducted in a conversational, workshop format, with participants strongly encouraged to offer feedback on each other’s works-in-progress as they develop their own approach to telling their own stories and writing their own scripts.
Each session will be comprised of a short introductory talk covering the topic of the week, followed by a workshop section in which participants will develop and write their own scripts.
Week 1- General introduction. What is a script? Finding stories.
Week 2- Thinking visually.
Week 3- Story structure.
Week 4- Characterisation and dialogue.
Week 5- Editing and second drafts.
Week 6- Conclusion. Reading the drafts created in the class. Planning the next stage of the participants’ writing journey.
By the end of the six weeks, participants will have a working knowledge of the basic toolkit of writing for the screen. They will also have developed and written a short screenplay.
Stephen Walsh has written for film, television and comics (with one or two digressions into theatre along the way). His work has encompassed both fiction , How Harry Became a Tree, starring Colm Meaney and Cillian Murphy) and documentary Patrick Kavanagh, No Man’s Fool. He has taught screenwriting classes and conducted script workshops at Filmbase and Trinity College in Dublin and Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny.