Screen Training Ireland and Film in Cork are teaming up for a new course, Short Films, Epic Stories, with tutor Mary Kate O’Flanagan on November 25th in Cork City.

This course will be delivered through a combination of masterclass in character and theme, with Q&A, film analysis of short films and workshopping of two sample projects. It will provide guidance to writers and creatives when giving depth to stories for screen through the interrogation of character and arcs of transformation over the course of a story.

Mary Kate O’Flanagan is an award-winning screenwriter and story consultant in the European film and television industry. She teaches screenwriting in The UK and The US, across Europe as well as in Ireland for Screen Training Ireland among others.

She has written six feature-length screenplays, five of which have been optioned and supported by funding from Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann and a pilot for a television series which won the EATC Prix Europa.

Mary Kate is Ireland’s First Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth, a title she won at The Abbey Theatre in October 2015. She is also The Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth in LA, a title she won in January 2017.

Participant Profile:

Producers, directors, script editors & those working in development planning to work on short films and wishing to deepen their understanding of story.

Screenwriters wishing to improve their abilities.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online at with a current CV by Friday November 17th for further information please contact Rossa Mullin by email

Note: 2 short projects will be workshopped over the weekend; applicants have the option to submit a 1 page outline as part of this application which may be selected for workshopping.

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