Irish Initiative to Develop Long Form TV Drama Skills

And now, in case you’re happily ensconced on the Emerald Isle, here’s what’s happening to improve TV and film writing in Ireland:

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Big Stories on the Small Screen is a new initiative, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Screen Training Ireland, focused on developing Irish skills in quality long-form screen drama.

Big Stories will support Irish-resident screenwriters, producers and directors who want to develop the essential skills necessary to craft a successful drama series for the international market.

It brings together some of the most eminent screen storytellers from across the world to work with Irish screen professionals. The initiative fosters the creative collaboration essential to developing successful long-form drama; participants learn skills in collaborative storytelling alongside skills in story analysis and script development.

Big Stories comprises two distinct modules and spans a twelve month period.

Module One

This event will take place in Dublin on Saturday 28th November 2015. The conference will hear from a range of top international industry professionals discussing their experience with an audience of up to one hundred writers, producers and directors.

Speakers at the event include:

  • John Yorke – author of Into the Woods: A Five Act Journey into Story; former Controller of BBC Drama Production; former MD of Company Pictures;
  • Michael Hirst – BAFTA-nominated screenwriter of long-form dramas The Tudors, Camelot and Vikings as well as numerous feature films including Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and the upcoming Mary Queen of Scots;
  • Morgan O’Sullivan – producer and executive producer whose credits include long-form dramas The Tudors, Camelot, Penny Dreadful and Vikings as well as a host of feature films including Braveheart, Angela’s Ashes and Becoming Jane;
  • Ciarán Donnelly – acclaimed award winning director whose credits include: Vikings, Titanic, The Tudors, Inspector George Gently, Titanic: Blood and Steel and Cold Feet

Attendance at the event is limited and interested applicants can apply for a place via the Screen Training Website ( by 16th October 2015. Attendees at this event can consider applying to take part in the second module.

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