360° Scriptwriting Festival 2010

Posted on 18 December 2009 in Dramaturgy


BBC Northern Ireland and Tinderbox Theatre Company is following up on the successful festival in 2009 with another 4 day festival of script writing skills workshops and industry talks in conjunction with the Tony Doyle Bursary 2010

WHO IS IT FOR? These are advanced workshops and talks for people interested in making a living from script writing in TV, Radio, Film, Theatre or Radio.

WHEN? Wednesday 20th until Saturday 23rd of January. Workshops will take place in the day and early evening on Wed- Fri and morning and afternoon on Saturday

WHERE? Studio One, Broadcasting House, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast

To book for the festival, send an e-mail listing the sessions you are interested in attending, to Bronagh Taylor at the BBC – Bronagh.Taylor@bbc.co.uk 

You will recieve an e-mail confirming which sessions you have been booked into depending on availability. Book early to make sure you get the sessions you want.



WEDNESDAY 20th January

from 11.00 Tea and Coffee

11.30 – 13.30  Paul Aston, BBC WritersroomThe Perfect 10: A guided tour through the things you need to think about in order to hook the attention of the person who reads your script, whether it’s for film, TV or radio – from a BBC Development Producer who has read thousands of scripts trying and often failing to do just that.

14.30 – 16.30  Comedy Writing for TV with Humphrey Barclay and Vanessa HaynesA lively discussion and Q and A session with two television producers who’ve been on the comedy front-line, developing and nurturing new talent for BBC, ITV and Channel Four. Discussion will include: the development process from script to screen; the differences between working with writers and writer-performers; single camera vs studio pieces; longer form vs half-hour structure; the creative process and selling your idea to a producer.

17.30 – 19.30   Meet and Mingle  – An opportunity to meet with other writers and the people working with writers from BBC, Tinderbox, Kudos Productions, Northern Ireland Screen, Mammoth Screen and the Lyric Theatre with a glass of wine in your hand. Bring along any ideas you would like to talk to us about.

THURSDAY 21th January

13.30 – 15.30 Micheál Jacob Head of the Comedy AcademyFunny and engaging characters in a well-plotted story are the elements of successful sitcom. Micheál Jacob deconstructs an episode of Fawlty Towers to show all the elements working together in a classic show

Tea and Coffee

16.00 – 18.00 Tim Loane on writing for TVan indepth Q & A session with local writer and creator of channel 4’s hit TV series Teachers. Discussion will include working with the BBC, Channel 4, ITV & Five, how to get and maintain relationships with Independent Production Companies and the experience of being a writer working out of Northern Ireland. Tim’s writing process; planning and structuring episodes and finding his characters.

FRIDAY 22nd of January

from 11 Tea and Coffee

11.30 – 13.30 Hear Not Tell: Hugh Costello on Radio Drama – A Practical workshop on the techniques of writing for radio and how it differs from other script writing. Hugh will be referring to his latest radio play ‘Some Secluded Glade’ which is being broadcast Monday, 14:15 on BBC Radio 4 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pxjzz). Bring pen and paper.

14.30 – 16.30 The Agent and You: with Matthew Dench from Dench Arnold Literary – A session and Q and A about the writer’s relationship with the agent starting from how to get one, what they do for you and useful tips of what they need from you. Matthew will also talk about his experiences of being an agent. Working with many writers he is in a great position to give advice about career development for writers.

17.00 – 18.30 social: finishing of the wine from the other night

SATURDAY 23rd of January

11.00 – 13.00  Writers and Designers: The story telling of costume and set design in Theatre writing –  A practical workshop exploring how to integrate set and costume design in your writing and how the designers work with your words. With set and lighting designer Ciaran Bagnall and Costume Designer Diana Ennis.

14.00 – 16.00 Tinderbox Theatre Company: Here’s to you Mrs. Robinson – A practical workshop session about the thrills, the risks and the necessity of writing for the stage about the world as it happens. Featuring a contribution from local writer David Ireland, whose work for Tinderbox includes ‘Swing State Cabaret’, developed by a team of American and Irish writers as events unfolded in the US Presidential election 2008, and ‘Everything Between Us’ which deals with a fictional Truth Commission in Northern Ireland, and opens in Washington DC in March. Bring pen and paper and a finger on the pulse.