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RED ROCK Writers Academy II

Tutors: John Yorke

Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Duration: 3-7 October: 1 Story Day - week 10-13 October: Part time/writing weeks - 17 Oct-29 Nov: Final session and course review from Mon 30 Nov-Fri 2 Dec.

Venue: Dublin

Cost: €375

Course Profile:

The RED ROCK Writers Academy II is funded by Screen Training Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The aim of the Academy is to discover another next generation of Irish Writers for television, initially by going through an intensive course on writing for RED ROCK and then completing a shadow/trial script.

8 students will be selected for the Academy. On completion of the programme, successful students may be commissioned to write future episodes of the show.

The initial, five-day intensive classroom based section, presented by John Yorke, will comprise:

Day One:

25 top tips for writing TV Drama

Guest Lectures: Kim Revill – RED ROCK Showrunner

Paul Walker – RED ROCK Series Producer (Editorial)


Basics of Writing RED ROCK, from editorial and production practicalities viewpoints.

Day Two: What is a Story, part 1 – the basic ingredients of a story

What is a Story, part 2 – breaking stories – making planning documents work.

Day Three:

What is a Story, part 3 – act structure

Write a Hollywood movie – exercise.

Day Four:

What is a Story, part 4 – journey and change.

Day Five:

Introduction to ‘Red Rock’ structure

Final exercise and mock episode commissioning.

The writers will then leave the classroom to write a mock script of RED ROCK, following the same time pattern as a real commission. They will be script edited by the course tutor and course editor and will be taken through:

  • 1st draft Scene Breakdown
  • 2nd draft Scene Breakdown
  • 1st draft Script
  • 2nd draft Script
  • 3rd draft Script.

This will take place over 7 weeks from 17th October to 29th November 2016 through a mixture of online, skype and personal sessions with the course tutor/course editor.

At the end of the writing period there will be a final session and course review. This session will involve in depth one to one tutorials with the course tutor and the course editor. There will also be a joint session for all writers in the Academy, led by the course tutor, reviewing the highlights and talking about common faults and successes.

All applicants agree to the following terms and conditions:

The copyright of all scripts sent to EP RED ROCK Limited rests with the writer – you do not need to formally copyright work before you send it in to RED ROCK or the RED ROCK Writers Academy.

Writers are often anxious that their work may be stolen or plagiarised. However, similarities in writers’ ideas, material, and scripts occur surprisingly often. RED ROCK does not recommend scripts submitted to editorial or production departments without first contacting the writer and we do not retain copies of scripts that have been rejected or returned to the writer.

RED ROCK isn’t looking for ideas for production in the first instance – we are primarily looking for scripts that show a real talent and potential in the writer.

In the rare event that a producing department wishes to use material from unsolicited script, Red Rock would necessarily agree appropriate contractual terms with the writer in line with standard RED ROCK writer agreements.

RED ROCK receives a great many submissions, and similarities of subject matter often occur.

Red Rock cannot undertake to compensate you if material similar to yours, received coincidentally from another source or already developed by us, is subsequently commissioned or produced.

In the event of any dispute concerning the submitted material or concerning any claim of any kind or nature whatsoever, arising in connection with the submitted material, such dispute will be submitted to arbitration conducted in the Republic of Ireland. The arbitration shall employ a single arbitrator experienced in the motion picture and/or television industry from Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom. The arbitrator’s award will be final and binding and judgement upon the award may be enforced by any court of competent jurisdiction.

Participant Profile:

The RED ROCK Writers Academy is aimed at writers who wish to gain further experience in writing for continuing drama/soap. Participants must have at least one paid professional writing credit (which can be in television, film, theatre, radio etc.) This is an intensive programme, therefore candidates must also display the stamina, desire and commitment necessary for the course and for the script commissioning process.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online at with your current CV.

Please also email a full-length original script that you consider to be your best work (can be television, film, theatre, radio etc); plus a short Pitch (300 words max) on why you wish to do this programme and why would be an appropriate candidate.

Please send email material to:

Please format scripts in either PDF or Word, not Final Draft.

*If you applied to the first RED ROCK Writers Academy and were unsuccessful, please submit a new script. Only new material can be considered from previous applicants.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Friday the 26th of August.

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