Screenwriters masterclass with Kirsten Smith

Radisson BLU Hotel // Thursday July 7th, 2016 // 10a.m. - 1p.m. // €50
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The 28th Galway Film Fleadh, in association with Gréasán na Méan Skillnet, are delighted to present our 2016 screenwriting masterclass with Kirsten Smith.

Upon realizing she couldn’t exactly make a living as a poet unless she was dead, Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith turned her attentions toward her other love: movies. She attended NYU’s film program and upon graduating from Occidental College, she worked at CineTel Films, where she received her first screen credit on the ‘sextravaganza’ Poison Ivy 2, for a poem she contributed to the script. All that studying had finally paid off – she was having her literary work published in a straight-to-video movie!

It was at CineTel that Kiwi met her screenwriting partner, Karen McCullah. They began plotting their first script together the night they met (February 5th, 1996, in case you’re interested) on some margarita-soaked cocktail napkins. Since then, they have written over 30 scripts together. Smith has co-written Legally Blond, 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s The Man, Ella Enchanted, The House Bunny and more. She has also written and directed two short films, The Spleenectomy, and The Multi-Hyphenate, both starring Anna Faris, and executive produced Whip It, starring Ellen Page and Kristin Wiig.

A published poet, she’s also the author of two young adult novels, The Geography of Girlhood and Trinkets, the latter of which is being developed for television.

The masterclass will address:

  • The art of comedy writing
  • Mining the classics for inspiration
  • Plants and payoffs
  • Polishing a scene
  • Creative collaboration

There will be an opportunity to ask questions of our guest writer.

The masterclass will be moderated by Mary Kate O Flanagan, screenwriter and script consultant. Mary Kate, along with her sister Rachel, has a story consultancy called A Dramatic Improvement. They work with producers and screenwriters across Europe and in Ireland, helping to shape their stories, for maximum impact on an audience. In 2015 Mary Kate became Ireland’s first Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth

The deadline has been extended: The closing date for application is: 5pm Wednesday 6th of July 2016.

The masterclass costs €50 and will take place on Thursday the 7th of July from 10am – 1pm in the Radisson Hotel, Galway.

For further information or to apply for a place, contact Brónagh Keys at

Age restriction: must be 18+ years of age.

Kirsten Smith
Gréasán na Meán Skillnet

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