05.04.17 | Storytelling and Screenwriting (5 Wednesday Evenings)

Course Content:

This 5 part, intensive, evening workshop will delve deeply into how to create a powerful and timeless story and what it takes to translate that into a professional quality screenplay.

Part 1- weeks one to two: Storytelling

Story and its role in the human experience – myths, fairy tales, fables, parables.

Story components: theme, character and archetypes, structures, plotting, genres; their themes and components, form.

Part 2 – weeks three to five: Screenwriting:

Format and proper screenplay language, dialogue writing, character development, tone, visual grammar, writing loglines and treatments, proper development process, the business of being a writer.

Participant Profile:

This course is aimed at anyone interested in creating stories, both short and full length, for the big and small screens. Writers in other disciplines (short stories, novels, poets, playwrights, comics, graphic novels) who are looking to develop new skills are welcome.

Tutor Info:

John Dawson is a screenwriter and story/script editor who has written feature and short scripts in both animation and live action for clients in Ireland, Britain, Canada, and S. Korea. He has studied, written, and acted with numerous troupes including N. America’s famous Second City Theatre, the inspiration and casting pool for hit TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’. He has lectured on screenwriting and taught acting and improv for over 20 years in three countries. Last year, he conducted two sold-out Storytelling/Screenwriting workshops for Dublin’s Brown Bag Films employees.


“I’ve done many script and screenplay classes over the years, and found John’s invaluably insightful. He really broke down plot, structure, and character development in a way that clarified the process of building an engaging story. Highly recommended!” — Nicky Phelan, Academy Award (Oscar) Nominated Director of “Granny O’Grimm” and Series Director at Brown Bag Films.

Date & Times:

5 Wednesday Evenings from 6.30pm-9.30pm, 5th April, 12th April, 19th April, 26th April and 3rd May.


Conference Room 3, Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylors Lane, Dublin 8 (Directions and Map: http://gec.ie/get-in-touch/).


Members: 100 Euro, Non Members: 125 Euro

Payment can be made by credit card online (a link will be sent to you) or by cheque/postal order payable to Animation Skillnet.

Application Procedure:

Please apply by sending an email to: animationskillnet@gmail.com

Deadline for Applications:

Wednesday, 29th March.

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