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Investigating Characters

Tutors: Mary Kate O’Flanagan

Date: Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Duration: 2 days

Venue: Dublin TBC

Cost: €100

Course Profile:

Screen Skills Ireland is seeking participants for “Investigating Characters”.

This course will provide guidance to writers and creatives on:

  • Plot and Character; How They Are Intertwined
  • Clarifying a Character’s Primary Motivation
  • How to Write Secondary Characters and Give Them Definition
  • Beats of Transformation
  • Communicating Character Economically and Memorably

Mary Kate O Flanagan is an award-winning screenwriter and story consultant for the European film and television industry. She teaches screenwriting in The UK and The US, across Europe as well as in Ireland for Screen Skills Ireland among others. She has written six feature-length screenplays, five of which have been optioned and supported by funding from Screen Ireland  and a pilot for a television series which won the EATC Prix Europa. Mary Kate is Ireland’s First Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth, a title she won at The Abbey Theatre in October 2015. She is also The Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth in LA, a title she won in January 2017 and was Champion Storyteller At The Dublin StorySlam in January 2019.

Participant Profile:

This course is aimed at screenwriters, directors,  producers, script editors and development executives.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online at with a current CV by 10:00 am on the 15th of February. For further information please email

Screen Skills Ireland offers additional support to two writers from minority or disadvantaged backgrounds by waiving their participation fees and preserving two places for their attendance. This support is intended to encourage greater diversity of creative writing voices/ These places will be reserved specifically for participants who would not otherwise be able to take part.

If you are a writer from a minority group or have been educationally disadvantaged and are interested in participating in this course please apply online and also please email Grainne Bennett on

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