Danú Media to launch new screenwriting development course

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Galway-based production company Danú Media is launching a new script writing development programme – Greenlight Screenwriting Lab.

The programme will provide support and upskilling opportunities to a new generation of emerging scriptwriters and script editors through hands on training and mentoring.

Greenlight Screenwriting Lab will offer an opportunity for six new scriptwriters to be mentored by course director Philip Shelley and other industry professionals to develop a new TV drama series.

Philip Shelley has been running the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course for 13 years, working with much of the best new talent in UK screenwriting.

Mr Shelley said he was delighted to be approached by Siobhán and Danú Media to run this new initiative to discover and work with new Irish dramatic writing talent.

“Ireland has such a rich history in dramatic writing, and so many recent successes in film and TV, so I can’t wait to get stuck in to working with new Irish writers and the stories they want to tell,” he said.

The programme will also offer shadow opportunities for three people interested in script editing.

Nadine Flynn, who works with Danú Media as Development Executive, will be heavily involved in the course, with experience as a script editor herself.

“It goes without saying that Ireland is full of emerging and exciting talent when it comes to screenwriting, and so we are delighted to be able to partner with Philip, and devise this new course, in the hopes that it will nurture that talent while also creating opportunities and training for script editors,” said Ms Flynn.

“It’s important to us that we continue to support our industry, and we’re confident that Greenlight Screenwriting Lab will do just that.”

The successful six writers will be notified by the end of April 2023 and will then work on their idea for six months, through in-person weekend workshops and one to one meetings and feedback.

Guest speakers and industry professionals will also play an important part in the scheme.

Greenlight Screenwriting Lab will be open to any writer’s resident on the island of Ireland and also any Irish writers who may be resident overseas.

Criteria around Diversity, Equality and Inclusion will also be taken into account when shortlisting writers for interview.  

The working language of the training will be English; but they particularly welcome writers who can speak Irish and wish to write material in Irish.

Full details are available on https://script-consultant.co.uk and applicants are asked to refer to the FAQ section before applying.