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A blog by Caren Kennedy

CAREN KENNEDY runs writing.ie's Word Play blog and is the creator of a television series currently in pre-production with Warner Bros TV and co-author of Fake Alibis (BenBella Books, 2009). As well as being a regular contributor to Journal.ie, publishing credits include local, national and international publications. In conjunction with The Inkwell Group, Caren also gives one-to-one mentoring on how to begin writing for television in her online course: http://www.inkwellwriters.ie/workshops/writing-tv-treatments. She is represented in the US by Vamnation Entertainment and TriadaUS Literary Agency.

You can follow Caren online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Story Pitching Competition for Junior Screenwriters

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 17 September 2012.

How cool is this? The Junior Galway Film Fleadh in association with Galway Film Centre and SpunOut (a leading national youth organisation) announce their fifth annual Story Pitching Competition open to young people between the ages of 10 – 18 years old. If you are interested in competing, you are invited to write a short (500 words) idea for a story – it can be for a feature film, a short film, a documentary, a book or even a video game!...

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How Not to Write A Novel

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 18 August 2012.

The most effective way not to write a novel is to do as I do – absolutely everything and anything to stop myself from actually getting the finger out and knuckling down to writing the damn thing. However, that’s not to say I don’t clock up the hours getting match fit though. Quite the contrary in fact. Over the past couple of years, I’ve read at least a dozen books on writing, analysed various novels in...

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The Memory of Scent by Lisa Burkitt

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 15 July 2012.

I spoke to Lisa Burkitt following the recent launch of her historical debut novel ‘The Memory of Scent’ in Rathmullan House, Co. Donegal.   But first, here’s what it says on the back of the tin:  “Set against the backdrop of Paris in 1883, The Memory of Scent is the story of two French women, Fleur and Babette and of how their lives diverge when the artist they both model for is found dead – one lives...

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Nora Ephron – Everything is Copy

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 29 June 2012.

No doubt you’ve heard screenwriter, journalist and essayist, Nora Ephron, passed away this week and like many people that makes me sad. As there’s not much I can say here that hasn’t been said already, I thought I’d post my two favourite to live and write by passages extracted from her essay, The Story of My Life in 3,500 Words or Less, and the introduction to her book Heartburn. My mother said these words at least five...

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Writing for Television – Nailing the Synopsis

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 25 May 2012.

Synopsis.  Summary.  Two words capable of striking fear into the hearts of even the most hardened and experienced of screenwriters.  Now why is that?  Because more often than not a writer has less than five minutes flat, sometimes less, to sell an idea complete with storyline, setting and characters.  What happens when you visit a book store?  You cruise shelves and if a cover, title or author’s name catches your eye, you grab the book...

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Television Soap Opera – A Formula for Success

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 1 May 2012.

Where once the only soap operas available were Emmerdale and Coronation Street aired just twice weekly, these days soaps represent a huge slice of the television market with some producing up to five episodes every week, all year round.  To keep pace with demand, episodes are scripted by teams of writers and as a result many new ones get their first break by writing for one. But writing soap is not for everyone though because while styles certainly vary,...

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TV Drama Series – Watch, Listen, Learn

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 17 April 2012.

The continuing drama series has always been popular and will doubtless remain so.  Mainstays for all channels are crime and medical dramas, many of which use multiple writers to script episodes.BBC One’s Doctors, for example, have been known to use up to 30 (30!) new writers in a single series. So, how do you go about becoming of them? “Watch telly,” says Clare Dowling, best-selling author and scriptwriter for RTE’s Fair City. “This seems very obvious, but you’ll find your best teacher on...

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Writing for Television – The Great British Sitcom

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 4 April 2012.

Breaking news.  The world is in the grip of an ever deepening depression.  If escape from grim reality was ever needed, the time is now.  And get this.  Despite the economic downturn, comedy clubs are doing better than ever. It was ever thus.  Take the 1980’s for example.  A time of widespread industrial disputes, food scares, rising unemployment and mass emigration.  It was also a time when British sitcoms such as Only Fools and Horses, Dad’s Army, Porridge, ‘Allo ‘Allo, and Fawlty Towers reigned...

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Do you want to write for television?

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 29 March 2012.

Do you regularly spot news items and think someone should make a television series out of it?  Are your fingers itching to write storylines for soaps you love to watch?  Yes?  Well, read on because I’m switching gears into teacher mode and over the coming weeks will be dishing out tips and tasters on writing for television.  Ready?  Let’s go! The normal route into television for the new writer is to establish a track record...

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Improbable Frequency: A Must for Wordsmiths

Posted by Caren Kennedy on 13 March 2012.

Arthur Riordan’s successful musical comedy ‘Improbable Frequency’ returns to the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, for 2 weeks from 13 March.  Packed full of literary references and word play, this is a must-see for all book lovers and literature enthusiasts. Winner of three Irish Times Theatre Awards including Best Production and Best Director, Arthur Riordan’s “linguistically dazzling” (Time Out) comedy follows the exploits of a young British crossword enthusiast sent to Dublin in 1941 to investigate suspicious radio messages.  Before...

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