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Treatment Writing Workshop for Feature Films

Tutors: Lauren Mackenzie

Date: Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Duration: 6 online sessions (mornings of 24th, 25th, 28th & 29th June and 29th & 30th July) plus course work

Venue: Online Blended

Cost: €140

Course Profile:

Screen Skills Ireland is seeking 8 participants for a treatment writing workshop with Lauren Mackenzie running mornings 24th, 25th, 28th, 29th June and 29th & 30th July.

Lauren Mackenzie has extensive experience in film and television as screenwriter, script editor and story producer, including work on the award winning Fair City, Bachelors Walk and Pure Mule for RTE and BBC. She was an episode writer on RTE‘s On Home Ground and The Clinic and co-wrote Na Cloigne, an IFTA nominated supernatural drama for TG4. More recently she worked as Story Producer and then Series Producer(Editorial) on IFTA winning police series Red Rock (TV3/BBC/AMAZON). She is currently adapting, with Shinawil, Patricia Gibney’s Lottie Parker series for television.

The Daisy Chain (2008), her first produced feature, was directed by Aisling Walsh and starred Samantha Morton. She has three feature screenplays in development including an adaptation of Elizabeth McCracken’s An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination.

After completing an MA in Creative Writing, her fiction was shortlisted for the 2018 Cúirt New Writing Prize and Hennessy New Irish Writing and published in a number of literary journals. She is the recipient of two Arts Council of Ireland Literature Bursaries and joint winner of the Irish Writer’s Centre Novel Fair 2021.

The workshop aims to develop participants skills in communicating their stories in an engaging and entertaining way.  Attention will be paid to craft and voice, loglines and synopses.  Participants will be expected to respond and offer feedback on each other’s work.

Selection will be based on a one pager but participants will be asked to submit a five to ten page treatment in advance of the workshop.

Participant Profile:

Participants will be writers with some experience in the screen industries or related fields.

This course is limited to eight participants.

Screen Skills Ireland courses are open to all regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online through the Screen Skills Ireland website and submit your one pager including genre, logline and synopsis to by 10am on Thursday 27 May.

Applications not made through the website with a CV attached or where no one pager is submitted will not be considered.

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