What we're about

This is a group for anyone who's interested mainly in writing for film and TV. All skill levels are welcome, wouldn't consider myself a pro anyway! If you're looking to pursue a career in screenwriting and you want to learn a little more about it or what's involved, then this group is the best place for you. It's the only one on Meetup, and if there's others, it doesn't beat ours! We've even had people from other countries with some industry experience come to our meetings, and praise the group too.

Maybe you have a feature script, or are working on one, that you want to get off to competitions or agents? Well, feedback from other screenwriters might help with that. Having problems with structure or story or character - I know I am - then maybe you'll get help with that too. We've even had some novelists come to learn how to maybe transfer their books into scripts. Everyone is welcome.

I started this group as a means to get over my anxiety, to put myself out there like I never had before. I've been writing for about eleven plus years, so when I seen that there was no other group on Meetup for Screenwriting in Ireland, the light bulb immediately switched on. From that first meeting to now, we've grown to an amazing 282 members, and we continue to grow every day. Our attendees at meetings are even beginning to grow some more now too. And we all have a range of different levels of experience, helping each other out with our work and making connections with each other in the process. We're a really friendly, funny bunch of individuals.

Our meetings are weekly, depending on schedules, and they're just so much fun. We do a few different things and are constantly coming up with ideas for the meetings. So every week we each take a turn at picking our favorite script, movie or TV show, and our favorite scene. Then, we do a readout of said scene at the meeting, all of us getting involved, and then discuss it. We also watch the scene there as well, just to see the difference between page to screen. It's great to get a feeling for how scripts work, their various plot points, and also from a formatting perspective too. Plus it's really fun, and a good laugh! We're also trying a new thing where we each bring in an idea or a concept that we might have for a script, if we have one at all, and discuss the next stages of development. Everyone gets ideas, so whatever it is, we discuss whether or not it could work as a script and what we have to do next to proceed with it. Then finally, if anyone has any scripts they want to bring in, we'll read through a couple of pages and give some feedback.

So come on, join the group, come to a meeting and see what you think. You might hate it, but I can guarantee you'll love it. It's really fun, relaxed, chilled out and also really interesting.

I'll leave you with this, something I want you to think about - I was talking to a member recently about how my passion for my groups has made me lose interest in writing and they had this to say to me:

"Never let your writing take a back seat! Try to do some bit, if not every day then every week, as writing is one trait so many have but don't know how to go about actually getting down to it. It sounds like you've nailed that part so don't lose it, please!"

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Share & Discuss

Costa Coffee

This is a nice informal meetup where you can share some of your screenplay (no more than ten pages, unless its a short film) and get some honest, constructive feedback. Maybe you're new to screenwriting and you just want to get some tips/advice on it, or maybe you have a good idea for a screenplay, but you don't know how to transfer it to the proper format. You might even have other writing material, like a short story or something, and are interested in trying to turn it into a screenplay. Either way, everyone is welcome! I can guarantee you'll make some good contacts and even learn a few new things too. So come along, you won't be disappointed! We'll start off by discussing any news we may have relating to the group; this week we're going to throw around a few ideas of things to do in future meetings. Then, if anyone has any piece of writing they want to share they can do so, and get feedback on it. There will be a set amount time for reading and feedback. Also, we can all present any ideas or concepts we might have for a script and get some feedback on whether or not they might work, what the next stages of development might be or where you could go next with said idea. It's going to be really constructive, and who knows what we might gain from it! Finally, we'll discuss our weekly task - this week's chosen script. We'll read through a scene and then analyze/discuss it. *RSVP as soon as possible if you can make it, and try your very best to arrive on time. Thank you!

Friendly Chat (Special Guest)

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Garret Walsh will be coming in to chat with us about screenwriting/working in the Irish film industry. He had been writing screenplays for 20 years before writing/directing/producing his first short film The Observer's Effect (2017), an ambitious project. It won World Cinema Short at the 2017 Culver City Film Festival, Best Film at the 2018 New York Shorts International Film Festival, Best Overall Short Film at the 2017 Richard Harris International Film Festival and Platinum Remi Award for Independent Short Fantasy/Horror at the 2018 WorldFest Houston. *We are in a very small room, so the total limit is 12 people for this meetup, including our guest. If you don't get a place you will be put on the waitlist in case anyone drops out. Thank you.

Friendly Chat (Special Guest)

Costa Coffee

Writer/Director Dave Tynan will be coming in to chat with us about screenwriting/working in the Irish film industry. His short film Just Saying (2012), written by and starring Emmet Kirwan, was a massive hit on YouTube and is still very popular to this day. He went on to direct two more projects starring Emmet Kirwan, the latter of which he co-wrote - IFTA award winning short film Heartbreak (2017) and feature film Dublin Oldschool (2018). His short film Rockmount (2014), which he wrote and directed, won Best Drama at the 2014 Galway Film Fleadh. *We are in a very small room, so the total limit is 12 people for this meetup, including our guest. If you don't get a place you will be put on the waitlist in case anyone drops out. Thank you.

Share & Discuss

Costa Coffee

This is a nice informal meetup where you can share some of your screenplay (no more than ten pages, unless its a short film) and get some honest, constructive feedback. Maybe you're new to screenwriting and you just want to get some tips/advice on it, or maybe you have a good idea for a screenplay, but you don't know how to transfer it to the proper format. You might even have other writing material, like a short story or something, and are interested in trying to turn it into a screenplay. Either way, everyone is welcome! I can guarantee you'll make some good contacts and even learn a few new things too. So come along, you won't be disappointed! We'll start off by discussing any news we may have relating to the group; this week we're going to throw around a few ideas of things to do in future meetings. Then, if anyone has any piece of writing they want to share they can do so, and get feedback on it. There will be a set amount time for reading and feedback. Also, we can all present any ideas or concepts we might have for a script and get some feedback on whether or not they might work, what the next stages of development might be or where you could go next with said idea. It's going to be really constructive, and who knows what we might gain from it! Finally, we'll discuss our weekly task - this week's chosen script. We'll read through a scene and then analyze/discuss it. *RSVP as soon as possible if you can make it, and try your very best to arrive on time. Thank you!

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Friendly Chat (Special Guest)

Costa Coffee

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