Mindshift – From Page to Stage at the Irish Writers Centre

I’m delighted to be taking part in a professional development day for aspiring playwrights at the Irish Writers Centre this Saturday 4th October.

There’s a great line up and I’ll be kicking off the day with some tips on submitting your play to theatres. I’d highly recommend this Mindshift event for any aspiring playwrights or theatre makers, as it’s a great way to familiarise yourself with the industry and the people who work in it promoting and producing new writing. Here’s the full programme for the day:

Mindshift: From Page to Stage with Industry Professionals

Learn the dos and don’ts of preparing your play for submission from the Abbey Theatre’s Literary Reader, Jessica Traynor. Hear from Karl Shiels (Theatre Upstairs), Anthony Fox (The New Theatre), Sarah Ling (Project Arts Centre) and Kris Nelson (Dublin Fringe Festival) as they present on the opportunities available to emerging playwrights.

Literary Managers Aideen Howard (Abbey Theatre), Gavin Kostick (Fishamble) and Maureen White (Rough Magic) discuss the kind of work they’re interested in receiving and what makes a good play. Ireland’s leading playwrights Michael West and Deirdre Kinahan will share their experiences of getting produced. All sessions will be followed by Q&A from the audience.

I think some places are still available – booking here: http://writerscentre.ie/html/courses/Autumn2014/PageToStage.html

Creative Clinics at the Irish Writers Centre

On Saturday 24th May, I’ll be running a series of one-hour consultancy sessions as part of the Irish Writer’s Centre’s new Creative Clinics initiative. These one-to-one sessions are aimed at aspiring playwrights and are ideal for anyone looking for advice on how to develop their work, where to send their play, and on what kinds of opportunities there are out there for playwrights. I’m hoping the participants will come away feeling inspired and re-energised!

There are some places still available. Please do spread the word to any interested parties! More info and booking here:



Saturday 24th May + Sat 7th June

10.30am – 4.30pm
Duration: 1 Day

Cost: €85/€75 Members

We’re giving writers at all stages of their professional development the opportunity to book a one-hour slot with an experienced, published writer. You can use it to discuss any aspect of your work as a writer: to get a professional opinion on an idea or concept, to address a specific problem, to get an assessment of and feedback on a sample piece of text, or to seek industry advice.

Your chosen author will review a small sample of your work in advance (1,000 words) whether that be a synopsis, sample text, script treatment, or a summary of the issue to be addressed. The author may, if you wish, take further time during the hour to read more of your work before feeding back and offering advice. Consultations are strictly limited to one hour, but arrangements may be made for ongoing consultations.

The following writers will cover these chosen areas.

Celine Kiernan

Sci-fi / Fantasy

24th MAY

Sean O’Reilly

Fiction & Short Stories

24th MAY

Jessica Traynor

Theatre script

24th MAY

Lauren McKenzie

Film & TV script

24th MAY

Louise Phillips

Crime / Thriller (2 dates)

24th MAY & 7th JUN

Henry McDonald


7th JUN

Oisín McGann

Children’s Writing

7th JUN

Conor Kostick

Rights & Contracts

7th JUN


There are three slots available with each writer, which are:

10.30AM – 11.30AM
11.45AM – 12.45PM
1.30PM – 2.30PM


For more information on these clinics and to book a slot, please call 01 8721302.