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Write Now - 3 Writers - 3 writing forms - December 9th Castlebar

Write Now - an event for Mayo writers.

Write Now, a Mayo Art Service and Film Mayo event focusing on writing including presentations and an opportunity of mentoring sessions will take place on Saturday 9th December in Castlebar.  In the morning there will be presentations by three professional writers; Elizabeth Reapy (fiction writer), Eugene O’Brien (screenwriter) and Eva O’Connor (playwright).  This is an opportunity for established or budding Mayo writers to come along and enjoy presentations focusing on three different writing forms. Contact Mayo Arts Service to book a place for the presentations.  

In the afternoon there is an opportunity to avail of one on one mentoring. There are three slots available with each of the three writers. Places are limited and if you are interested in a one on one session please submit the below: (Elizabeth, Eugene and Eva will decide which writers they can best assist in these sessions).

Please select one of the three writing forms, fiction, screenwriting or playwriting.

  • One on one in Fiction Writing with Elizabeth Reapy – for consideration please submit 2,000 words for a work that you would bring to this one on one session.
  • One on one in Screenwriting with Eugene O’Brien – for consideration please submit a 500 word max synopsis of the screenplay that you would like to discuss with Eugene during this one on one session.
  • One on one in Playwriting with Eva O’Connor – for consideration please submit between 3-6 pages of a dialogue scene. It can be a standalone scene or part of a bigger piece of work.

Writers interested in a mentoring session need to submit the above requirements and a paragraph outlining what help, support, information or advice they would hope get from the sessions by Thursday 30th of November.


Write Now.

Elizabeth Reapy is from Claremorris. She has a BA in English Literature and History from NUI Galway, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from UCC and an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. She represented Ireland and was listed for PEN International: New Voices Award in 2013. She is currently working on her second novel. 

Presentation with Fiction Writer Elizabeth Reapy – Elizabeth’s presentation will focus on creativity and productivity, developing ideas, common writing fears and how to overcome them, tips on finding time to write, examples from writers' lives.

Eugene O’ Brien wrote the play EDEN which debuted at the Peacock Theatre in 2001 and transferred to the Abbey stage later that year and then onto the Arts Theatre London in 2002. It has been translated into Romanian, Italian, Catalan, Dutch and German. Eugene adapted the play for the screen and the film, directed by Declan Recks, played many festivals around the world including Edinburgh and New York’s Tribeca Festival where it won best actress for Eileen Walsh. Eugene also wrote PURE MULE, a six part series for RTE, winner of five IFTA awards.

Presentation with Screenwriter Eugene O’Brien: A practical approach to screenwriting.  During his presentation Eugene will outline what he has found useful in helping craft a good screenplay through his own experience in working in film and television. Eugene will help advise and answer any questions participants may have.

Eva O'Connor is a writer and performer from Ogonnelloe, Co. Clare. Her plays include My Best Friend Drowned in a Swimming Pool, Kiss me and You Will See How Important I Am, (Best Emerging Artist Award 2012 at the Edinburgh Fringe), My Name is Saoirse, (Argus Angel Award at the Brighton Fringe 2015, and Best Theatre Award 2017 at the Adelaide Fringe). Overshadowed, (Fishamble Award for Best New Writing 2015 at the Dublin Fringe, and now adapted for BBC three as TV series).

Presentation with Playwright, Eva O’Connor – Eva will discuss her journey as a playwright to date and give an insight to the ways to go about getting your work from the page to the stage.

This is a free event but booking is required to attend the presentations.  Submissions are required for the one on one sessions which are by selection.

Date:                  Saturday 9th December

Venue:                Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar.

Time:                  Meet and Greet 9.45am

                           Presentations and Q&A– 10.00 am – 1pm

                           Networking opportunity over light lunch

                           Mentoring slots - run for half hour durations from 2pm- 3:30pm

Booking Information:

Please contact the Arts Service/Film Mayo to book places via:

Email or

Tel: 094 904 7471 or 094 904 7558


Posted: 21/11/2017
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