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Screenwriting Essentials


27th March –  8th May, 6 Tues Evenings (No class 17th April)

€225 Members / €250 Non-Members

Six evening sessions devoted to exploring the ins and outs of scriptwriting, for screenwriters who are just starting out and want to develop their craft.



Six introductory sessions devoted to exploring the ins and outs of scriptwriting. This programme is specifically geared towards those with little or no previous experience in the field. Topics covered in each session will include: General introduction; Generating ideas; Writing characters; Structure; Writing the script.


Course Content

  • The basis of script formatting
  • Dramatic structure
  • Writing the individual scene
  • Connecting scenes
  • Dealing with writers block – are you over thinking it?
  • Making your scene visual – writing descriptions
  • What is genre?
  • Character development – writing credible characters and avoiding stereotypes.
  • Writing dialogue.
  • Why is comedy hard to get funny?
  • Selection of screenings relevant to individual projects


Tutor: Stephen Walsh

Stephen Walsh wrote the feature film How Harry Became A Tree, directed by Goran Paskaljevic, starring Colm Meaney, Kerry Condon and Cillian Murphy, and co-wrote Where the Sea Used to Be with the director Paul Farren. He scripted the documentary features Patrick Kavanagh – No Man’s Fool and John Ford: Dreaming The Quiet Man, both directed by Sé Merry Doyle. He has taught screenwriting and conducted script workshops at Trinity College, Griffith College and Filmbase.



  • 27th March –  8th May, 6 Tues Evenings (No class 17th April)

Class times:

  • 7 – 10pm



  • €225 Members / €250 Non-Members
  • €100 Deposit



  • Filmbase, Temple Bar, Curved street


To book your place on this course, please contact Filmbase Reception on 01 679 6716 and dial 0. For more information on this course, email our Training Department at Please read our Terms & Conditions before booking a course.