Do you want your script to be a page turner? Do you want to ensure it grabs the attention of producers, funding bodies and agents?
One of the most successful models used internationally to develop screenwriters’ careers is a Writers’ Room. The structure, deadlines, collaboration and feedback in a Writers’ Room create the optimum opportunity for success for the participating writers. At this pioneering Screenwriters’ Academy in Ireland, you will develop and elevate your own script while benefiting from the input of other writers.
At the end of the course, you’ll have the skills to write captivating, moving, and memorable scripts that are ideally positioned to attract funding.
So what is the FlasheForward Screenwriters’ Academy?
It’s a 2-month, intensive series of masterclasses during which you will receive expert screenwriting tuition and write the first draft of a screenplay. This takes place in the collaborative environment of a writers’ room, which will elevate your screenplay significantly.
The Academy involves 7 days of face-to-face training (including individual and group exercises), 2 months of writing, and weekly exchanges of feedback with other writers. Analysing other writers’ screenplays while learning from their feedback on yours will result in major improvements in your writing skills.
You will learn:
- how to develop a unique, compelling, marketable idea for your screenplay
- how to structure a convincing, well-paced plot
- how to write fascinating characters
- how to design dramatic scenes
- how to write subtextual, character-specific dialogue
- how to keep your reader captivated through suspense and anticipation
- how to hook the reader’s attention from the beginning
- how to write an impactful ending
- how to analyse and improve your scripts
This Academy is very timely due to the huge increase in competition for development funding in Ireland. But spec scripts written without the benefit of a professional script editor have to compete for production funding with those that were financed through the development phase. Top level training and peer feedback elevate scripts to the level where they have greater opportunity to secure production funding or be optioned.
If you complete all of the assignments, you will have a strong first draft script at the end of the two months (by writing just 2 pages a day) and you’ll have the skills to revise it into an even better second draft.
Note: Confidentiality agreements will be signed by all participants in order to protect the scripts developed through this Screenwriters’ Academy. Copyright of each script will remain with the writer of that work.
Who is the FlasheForward Screenwriters’ Academy for?
Take this exceptional, first-of-its-kind training if you:
✓want to speed up your professional development
✓want to significantly increase the quality of your writing
✓want to surpass the competition
✓want to attract the attention of producers, funding bodies and agents
✓want a career as a professional screenwriter
Profile of Trainer
Fiona Ashe is an award-winning Screenwriter and Script Editor. In 2016, with her blood diamond script Cracks In The Ice, she advanced to the Quarterfinals of the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Her screenwriting training includes:
- Screenwriting Masterclass taught by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver).
- Screenwriting Masterclass taught by Robert Towne (Chinatown).
- Television Drama Masterclass taught by David Simon (The Wire).
- The ProSeries Professional Screenwriting Program (LA).
- The Mini-Movie Method devised by Chris Soth of Million-Dollar Screenwriting.
- Screenwriting classes as part of the Diploma in Advanced Film Directing, New York Film Academy.
- Mythological Archetypes in Screenwriting taught by Dara Marks, author of Inside Story.
- The Art & Process of Cinematic Storytelling for Live Action taught by Bobette Buster, author of Do Story.
- Story Campus, Dublin Film Festival, taught by David Pope (Advance Films) and David Keating (Wake Wood).
- Genre Screenwriting: Film Noir taught by Stephen Woolley (producer, Michael Collins).
Fiona studied Script Editing at the BBC in London under the tuition of Philip Shelley. She is a graduate of ScreenwritingU’s Professional Rewrite Class and she undertook Script Reading training run by The Script Factory (UK) and Northern Ireland Screen. She was employed as a Script Reader for Northern Ireland Screen from 2013 to 2014.
She received development funding for a feature film from a European fund: Honeycomb Creative Works. She provides script editing services through FlasheForward Films. Fiona is a member of the Writers Guild of Ireland, the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland and is a founding member of the Irish Film & Television Academy.
Referring to Cracks In The Ice:
“The crafting of the script was well above average. The dialogue was consistently very good. There was an intelligence in the script that felt commanding. There was also real meaning in the script. Obviously, the script is dealing with humanitarian and political issues. But it also got into a personal struggle in a way that was affecting.” — Reader’s Comments, Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting 2016.
Referring to Shades of Gray, directed and co-written by Fiona Ashe, and which won the Best Film Noir Award, New York International Independent Film & Video Festival 2003:
“Shades of Gray is very good.” — Jim Sheridan, Oscar-nominated writer/director of My Left Foot.
“As an international multi-award-winning writer supported solely through my efforts in the screen industry, I am acutely aware that when my script or treatment lands on the desk of a funding body or investor it has but one shot. Therefore, to give it the best possible chance, I pass it through the filter of insightfulness, creativity and keen intelligence which is Fiona Ashe. Without reserve, I recommend her to any position where her formidable talents in script editing and analysis can be called upon.” — Declan Cassidy, multi-award-winning writer/director, Whatever Turns You On.
“I feel very lucky to have been given Fiona’s name to assist me as I worked on a film script of my novel. Fiona approach was thorough, insightful and honest without being in any way unkind. It was clear that she read and assessed the script with a keen eye and ear, and her advice was crucial. She has reviewed a further draft with equal professionalism and also had a conference call where each and every issue I had was fully addressed. I would very strongly recommend Fiona and am glad she is part of my ongoing review process.” — Fran Russell Banks, Author of Blown Apart, winner of the Irish Writers’ Novel Award 2016.
“I was deeply honoured when Fiona Ashe asked if I would consult with her on her screenplay, Cracks In The Ice. I must admit I was not prepared for the power of this story, the passion of the storytelling and the depths of research and insights expressed.” — Mark W. Travis, Los Angeles Author of The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks.
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How to Apply
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Places are limited, so sign up now to guarantee your place. Unlock the secrets of great scriptwriting, enjoy the support of other writers, enhance your reputation as a writers’ room collaborator, elevate your script analysis skills and write a great first draft of a marketable screenplay!