Watch: All About Agents

13th October 2021

On 7th October 2021, WGI Chair Jennifer Davidson moderated an online seminar ’All About Agents’, in which three UK-based literary agents discussed securing representation, how agents can help your career and how the relationship between a writer and their agent works in practice.

WGI would like to thank the BAI for supporting the event and Peter MacFarlane, Kelly Knatchbull and Giles Smart for their participation.

You can watch the recording:

All About Agents

4th October 2021

All members are invited to join us this week for an insightful online seminar in which three UK-based literary agents will inform you about securing representation; how agents can help your career and how the relationship between a writer and their agent works in practice.

Thursday, 7th October, 11.00 – 13.00
Online seminar open to all WGI members

Please check our newsletter [Vol. 17 Issue 20 • 29th September 2021] for details of attending.

Participating agents include:
Peter MacFarlane of MacFarlane Chard Associates
Kelly Knatchbull of Sayle Screen Limited
Giles Smart of United Agents

WGI would like to thank the BAI for supporting the event and Peter MacFarlane, Kelly Knatchbull and Giles Smart for their participation.

Peter MacFarlane

Peter MacFarlane launched MacFarlane Chard Associates in 1994 which has established itself as one of the UK’s leading agencies, representing literary and acting clients worldwide. It has since branched out to encompass several divisions including the prestigious MacFarlane Chard Ireland which was founded by Derick Mulvey,  Louise Tam and Peter.

Kelly Knatchbull

Kelly Knatchbull is an agent and director of Sayle Screen Ltd, one of the UK’s leading and longest standing independent agencies. She joined the agency nearly 10 years ago after starting out in development. She represents writers, directors and script editors across tv, film and theatre.

Giles Smart

In 1998, Giles Smart joined the Film, TV & Theatre Department at PFD in London, and began representing his own clients in 2003. In 2007, Giles left to join the new agency, United Agents, as one of its founding partners and he has worked there ever since.

We are…

9th September 2021

The Art of the Pitch

1st September 2021

WGI & BAI

The Art of the Pitch

16th September 2021

WITH MARY KATE O FLANAGAN

Writers are often their own worst agents but it needn’t be that way. Many of us recoil from the idea of the hard sell, especially when it comes to ourselves. We spend our working lives seeking authenticity so it can feel like an uncomfortable change of gear to have to become slick presenters when we go out into the marketplace with our ideas. It can be so very uncomfortable that we never even come close to doing ourselves justice. Our projects and our careers can languish for the lack of this skill.

Mary Kate O Flanagan will share her philosophy that The Art of The Pitch is not only about finding champions for your work – it’s about clarifying your vision. Once you have done that, you can communicate the essence of your idea and it will be clear and compelling.

It is her belief that even the shyest writers are well able to become adept at pitching while staying true to our own voices. She will also communicate some guidelines on pitching  – on the page and in person. These include:

  1. Considering Your Audience

  2. Reference Points That Fire The Imagination

  3. The Heart of The Matter

  4. Why This, Why Now?

  5. Eternal Themes, Fresh Approaches

  6. Practical Considerations

  7. Anticipating Questions

  8. Brevity, The Soul of the Pitch

Mary Kate O Flanagan is an award-winning writer and story consultant working in the film and television industry. She works with writers in The UK, The US, South Africa, and across Europe. She has designed and delivered training in Storytelling On The Screen all  over the world as well as in her native Ireland.

With her sister Rachel O’Flanagan, she gives training in the storytelling skills for people in  all walks of life as well as in cinema and television. They are particularly interested in the stories people (and nations and entities) tell about themselves and how those stories inevitably shape their futures. You can see more about their work on www.adramaticimprovement.com

Mary Kate was Ireland’s First Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth. She was also a Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth in Los Angeles and a Champion Storyteller at The Dublin StorySlam.  You can hear one of her stories on The Moth Radio Hour at: https://themoth.org/stories/carry-him-shoulder-high

Since the lockdown Mary Kate has been delivering a popular series of online courses on screenwriting and scenewriting. You can see her Autumn programme here:

https://www.adramaticimprovement.com/workshops

Date:  Thursday 16th September  10am – 5pm

Session 1:  10am – 12.30pm will be open to all members – no need to apply

Please check our newsletter [Vol. 17 Issue 17 • 18th August 2021] for details of attending.

Session 2:   2pm – 5pm – a small group will get to pitch and workshop their project with Mary Kate – see below for how to apply

The WGI gratefully acknowledges the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for this event.

Apply for Session 2:  by Thursday 2nd September 5pm

Please note to apply for session 2, you must be available for the morning session also

Email:  info[at]script.ie with:

a) email subject line ‘BAI The Art of the Pitch’ and

b) the following information, contained within the body of the email please;

1. Your contact details

2. Your bio including your writing credit(s) (if applicable); a logline (max 24 words) and one paragraph pitch for your project and a few lines on why you’d like to participate in this workshop.

3. Please indicate in your application if you belong to any group that may be underrepresented within society on the grounds of gender, race, disability, socio-economic or other factors.

4. Have you ever participated in a course on pitching run by WGI?

2021 Writers’ Guild of Ireland Zebbie Awards Nominations Open

18th August 2021

Now in their 14th year, the Writers’ Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Awards are always the high point of the year, celebrating the best in writing talent across stage and screen. Named in honour of O.Z (Zebby) Whitehead, and presented each year by Senator David Norris, the awards are voted for by members of the Guild. The 2021 awards recognise the best scripts that were produced in 2020.

WGI Chair Jennifer Davidson says “This year’s shortlist represents the brilliance of Irish writers across stage, screen and radio. It’s a shortlist packed with talent and a mixture of new voices and seasoned hands. It’s particularly impressive to reflect that all these scripts found audiences in 2020, given the massive impact the pandemic has had on our industry. We are thrilled to once again be able to celebrate Irish writers through the Zebbie Awards.”

Voting is now open exclusively for WGI members and will remain open until September 7th.

The WGI gratefully acknowledges the support of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

This year’s nominations include:

Theatre

To Be A Machine – Mark O’Connell, Bush Moukarzel, Ben Kidd

What I (don’t) Know About Autism – Jody O’Neill

Embargo – Deirdre Kinahan

Radio Drama

Leaba an Bháis – Darach Mac Con Iomaire

The Seven Pomegranate Seeds – Colin Teevan

Stuck – Sharon Mannion

Feature Film

Wolfwalkers – Will Collins

The Bright Side – Jean Pasley, Ruth Meehan

Herself – Clare Dunne, Malcolm Campbell

Short Film

Ballast – Jesse Gilbert

Changing Dates – Femi Falana

4 x 4 – Ayla Amano

Television Drama

Normal People Episode 3 – Sally Rooney (and Alice Birch)

Malory Towers Ep 110  – Richie Conroy, Mark Hodkinson

The Deceived Ep 4 – Lisa McGee, Tobias Beer

Continuing Drama

Ros na Rún S25 Ep 26 – Eimear Ní Choisdealbha

Red Rock C59 Ep 196 – Paul Walker

Fair City S31 Ep 22 – Senta Rich

Animation

Angela’s Christmas Wish – Damien O’Connor

Ollie Ep 141 – Kristina Yee

Boy Girl Dog Cat Mouse Cheese Ep 150 – Emma Hogan