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Mon, 10 Feb


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In this eight-week course you will explore the fundamentals of writing feature film, with special emphasis on stories about and for women. How to give agency to female protagonists who frequently don't fit the role of active hero. Explore the narrative risks worth taking and the rules to break.

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10 Feb 2020, 18:30 – 06 Apr 2020, 21:30

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About the event

Responding to recent Screen Ireland initiatives to encourage female writers (and directors) to tell female centered stories this course will look at writing stories for and about women, that often don't fit easily into the 3 act structure.

The course will explore the fundamental craft of writing feature film for the market with an eye to challenging the form. The elements to consider to set your project apart, help find your voice as a screenwriter and tap into the passion you need to get your story on the page and onto the screen. 

Over the course you will have ongoing opportunites to pitch your idea to the class for feedback and will learn how to write a one page pitch. In addition Eilish will provide feedback on your idea, characters and story structure via email throughout the course.

In eight (the course runs over nine weeks with a break for St Patrick's Day) three-hour group classes Eilish will look at elements common to successful feature film stories:

• Cinematic scale.

• The arc of transformation.

• Audience engagement

• Exploration of theme.

• Pace, tone and staying true to genre.

• Local stories that transcend the local market.

Libby McCormack says :

"I took Eilish’s feature writing course (2016) and, shortly after, I returned for her TV drama course (2017). Elish has a forensic knowledge and understanding of how drama for TV and Film works and she has a remarkable ability to help distill your idea down to its dramatic essence. By deconstructing some top-notch films and tv series, she reveals the mechanics of successful drama-writing so that you can begin to develop your idea along these lines. She is bang up-to-date with trends in both TV and film and will help you to push your idea towards maximum commercial viability. She is a positive, encouraging and no-nonsense teacher and, if you have an idea you want to develop, I highly recommend taking one of her courses." 


  • General

    This includes online feedback on your project over the duration of the course.

  • Early Bird

    This is an non refundable ticket unless the course is cancelled.




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