Film in Cork

Evening Class


Do you wish to improve your Screenwriting skills? Film In Cork is offering a 5 week Screenwriting evening class from October 31st.



This course is for new-to-intermediate level screenwriters who are keen to expand their storytelling knowledge and abilities.



The five-week course will increase participants’ understanding of modern screenwriting standards and will help to develop their approaches and skills by way of a detailed exploration of screenwriting’s main interrelating elements:

  • Story Premise – dramatic conflict, thematic conflict and tension.
  • Character Journey – types of conflict, character change and near-change.
  • Character Nature – understanding character behaviour, depth and relatability.
  • Story Structure – arranging the scene, sequence, act and feature-length narrative.
  • Dialogue – moving the story, revealing character, assisting tension and subtext.

The course also appreciates the script reader’s perspective, helping to strengthen participants’ understanding of industry expectations.



Instructor-led classroom training involving a PowerPoint presentation, film scenes and sequences and a 40-page handbook.  The course features case studies of three films (2 original screenplays by male and female writers, and 1 adaptation), demonstrating different approaches and techniques relating to the above story elements.


Dates: Wed October 31st – Wed November 28th

Time: 19:30-21:30

Venue: Civic Trust House, Pope’s Quay, Cork.

Cost: €60

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TUTOR: Patrick O’Driscoll is an independent story analyst and script editor known for maximizing the potential of emerging film projects.  As script editor, Patrick collaborates closely with writers and producers from Ireland, the UK, the US and Australia on projects of all genres and formats and at different stages of development.  Patrick also consults with Irish and UK film/TV funding organizations, helping to assess and support commercial and artistic projects by established and emerging writing talent.