• Writers Factory Ireland

    An Innovate Limerick / Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board collaboration.

  • Introduction to Screenwriting Course

    3rd Edition begins Thursday 1oth November 2022. 7pm - 9.30pm (22-weeks / hybrid delivery)


    Now open for Applications for 3rd Edition!. Closing date for applications is Thursday 20th October 2022 (12noon). 


    Innovate Limerick through Film in Limerick and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board are delighted to announce the return of Writers Factory, our screenwriting programme for budding film & TV writers in the Mid-West.


    This 22-week programme (beginning 1oth November 2022) is designed by legendary UK script-guru Phil Parker and is available through a partnership with Film in Limerick. In recent years, Writers Factory has grown in to the gold-standard of screenwriting courses and has launched the careers of many successful screenwriters.


    The programme will take place mainly online on Thursday nights at 7pm to 9.30pm, with some in-person FULL-DAY sessions in Limerick City Centre at the start and end of the course. The Writers Factory programme is suitable for both aspiring and emerging screenwriters with an interest in writing for film and TV.


    The introductory course will give participants a strong foundation in the craft and art of screenwriting and help them to develop a framework for screenwriting practice. Participants will complete a 10 minute short script as part of the course and have the opportunity to pitch their project to producers and directors and receive feedback.


    The course develops from an initial lecture and screening format to workshops, with group discussions and practical exercises being used throughout the programme. There is extensive use of screenings of short films and feature film extracts, handouts including first and second draft short screenplays, as well as extracts from key books, with lecturing, group discussion, individual writing exercises and small group tutorials.


    The programme, revised by Phil Parker especially for Mid-West participants will be taught by Writers Factory teacher Eleanor Yule. Yule is an award-winning writer/director, known for her feature film ‘Blinded’ and her television documentaries with Michael Palin and teaches screenwriting at the Liverpool Screen School at Liverpool John Moores University.


    The initiative aims to further develop film and TV talent in the Mid-West region. The subsidised cost for the 22-week course is €100 per participant..


    You must be available to attend the online and both of the in-person sessions to take up a place on this programme.


    The first session is over a FULL-DAY and will take place in Limerick City on Thursday 10th November (9am-5pm). The second in-person session will be in late May 2023 and take place over TWO FULL-DAYS.


    To apply to join the course please click 'Apply' below to complete the short registration form and attach a sample of writing.


    The course is very popular so make sure to apply ASAP. If you have any questions about the programme please email rachael.power@limerick.ie


    Please note: the course is for aspiring and practising screenwriters living in Clare, Tipperary or Limerick ONLY and you need to be 18 or over to enrol.


    Spaces on the course are strictly limited. We will send further details to successful participants on how to make payment (€100) and details of the first session.


    Happy screenwriting!




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    Course is now open for Applications

  • "Eleanor was great – incisive, practical and inspiring. I’ve come up against  a lot of moaning writers and it was very refreshing to meet someone so positive!  The materials were excellent. I really wanted a practical and challenging course and this was it. People have different aspirations for their writing,  but if you are serious about it, this is the one for you."

    "I loved the course! What energy it’s given me.  Thank you for your inspiration and open acceptance of me and my current skill level."


    "Excellent tutor. The course material and practical assignments  led us step by step to be able to produce a finished script."


    "Many thanks for arranging such a worthwhile and truly enjoyable course.  I think I can say it was the best writing course I have ever been on."


    "I found the course to be really fun, intensive, comprehensive and Eleanor was a supportive and encouraging tutor."


    Writers Factory Ireland - Tutors

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    Eleanor Yule

    Tutor - Introduction to Screenwriting

    Dr. Eleanor Yule is an award-winning writer, director and screenwriting lecturer. She has written and produced over thirty films, including a UK BAFTA nominated short, a series of television documentaries with Michael Palin and a critically acclaimed feature film, Blinded (2004), which was selected for competition at film festivals around the world. She is also a senior lecturer at the Liverpool Screen School and has been teaching Writers Factory courses for over ten years.

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    Phil Parker

    Founder - Writers factory

    Phil Parker developed the Writers Factory courses. He is the CEO of BCre8ive, an online collaboration and production platform for creative individuals and has worked in the media industries for over twenty years. As one of Europe’s leading development consultants, he has worked as a consultant for BBC, C4, Aardman Animation, Berlin Brandenburg Medianboard, Prime Exchange, developed Oscar-winning and box office feature films, and helped develop a new generation of screenwriters through the Writers Factory Programme.

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