Scriptwriting and Playwriting workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival in July

Miriam Gallagher will be tutoring the Scriptwriting and Playwriting workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry this summer.

This 5 day workshop takes place from 9.30am to 12.30pm from Monday 9 – Friday 13 July.

This workshop is suitable for all, including beginners and features script analysis, creative exercises, rehearsing scenes & review.

A PLAY is a living, breathing creature (if it doesn’t live and breathe – it’s dead!)   The heartbeats of a SCRIPT for stage or screen are like parts of a musical composition. Rhythm, pace, structure,  mood shifts, climax, tone, colour, shape etc. are all vital to its life.   The SCRIPT is the basis and core of what happens on stage or screen. ACTIONS are a major part of the script as well as DIALOGUE.  Another major part is the SUBTEXT.

In this workshop we discuss Writing for Theatre and Film and practise exercises that focus on Character Development, Story, Overview of Structure, Writing Effective Dialogue, Subtext, Dialogue versus Alternative Means of Expression, Scene Analysis, Character and Conflict, Cutting Scenes & the Art of Rewriting, which is the Real Craft.   DIALOGUE (or monologue) on stage or screen may resemble ‘regular daily chat’ but, in fact, it is constructed with infinite care, precision and rhythm –like a piece of music.   Oscar Wilde’s dialogue will always amuse, and sting!

Miriam Gallagher is an award-winning  playwright, novelist, & screenwriter. Her background is working in theatre and film, as actor, writer, director and producer. Her work has been staged worldwide. Irish theatres includeDublin’s Gate, Civic, Focus & Samuel Beckett Centre. She has published four books of plays, a novel and a collection of short stories.

With 20 plays currently in print, most recent productions include:  Fancy Footwork – 2009 New York International Fringe Festival (Off-Off Broadway);  Green Rain – 2010  Enniskillen Arts Festival (World Premiere); Nasturtiums & Cherry Buns (2010 World Premiere, Nightblue Theater, Chicago); Lessons With Chopin – 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe  (World Premiere) and A Wasteland Harvest- 2011 Off-Off Broadway (Staged Reading of new play).

Miriam’s film Gypsies was screened at Irish & UK Film Festivals, at Lincoln Center, New York and in San Francisco cinemas. RTÉ has broadcast this film as well as her Radio plays.  Her feature length screenplay, Girls in Silk Kimonos (celebrating the Gore Both Sisters) received the Arts Council Film Award and European Script Fund Award. Her play The Gold of Tradaree (commissioned by Clare Co. Council) is the first play to be awarded under the Per Cent for Arts Scheme. Her website:

The West Cork Literary Festival features readings, workshops, seminars, children’s events and many more. Appearing in Bantry this year are Sir Michael Parkinson, John McCarthy, Anita Desai, Anita Shreve, Paul Muldoon, Dava Sobel, Romesh Gunesekera, Kevin Barry, Claire Kilroy, Ruth Padel, Noo Saro-Wiwa, Nicci French, Miriam O’Callaghan, Theo Dorgan and many more.   For more information and to book, go to 027 52788


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