Screenwriting:  Six Week Course

This is a six week Master class screenwriting course with Mark O’ Connor (Writer-Director of Cardboard Gangsters).  The course is devoted to exploring the ins and outs of screenwriting.
Each lecture will be available for 48 hours after the live presentation, to accommodate people who sign up but live in different time zones, or cannot attend in person.

Table of contents:
Idea creation
Choosing your genre
Master Plots
Logline, synopsis and scene breakdown
3 Act Structure
Writing the individual scene
Character development and dialogue
Action, description and movement
Creating conflict
Theme, Subtext, Tone
Syd Field’s Paradigm
Setups, payoffs and raising the stakes
Eight Sequence structure approach
Writing treatments
Script formatting
Funding opportunities for writers

What’s in it for you?

You will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the craft of screenwriting, learn about every stage of the craft from choosing your genre to story crafting and character development, three-act structure, master plotting, to rewriting your finished screenplay.

Open to All

This course is open to people interested in learning about the craft of screenwriting. It is particularly suitable for aspiring writer’s but will be very useful for film directors and screen actors looking to develop their knowledge or writing skills.

Length of Course

6 Weeks, 2 Hours per week

Date and Times

Dates: M: Jan 18th, 2021 – Feb 22nd, 2021
Time: 5.30 to 7.30 GMT (12.30 to 2.30 EST)


No prior expereince necessary

Director and Writer

Mark O'Connor


Mark O’Connor

Mark O’ Connor graduated from film school in Ballyfermot college, Dublin and then received a diploma in directing from the New York Film Academy in Manhattan. He also holds a Masters in screenwriting from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Mark has written and directed four feature films which have all been released in cinemas and won awards. His most recent film Cardboard Gangsters won seven awards at the Manchester Film Festival including best film. It also won best film at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Los Angeles and an Irish academy award. Cardboard Gangsters became the highest crossing Irish film of the year and was then picked up by Netflix International. Mark recently wrote and directed a six-part crime drama television series for Virgin Media UK entitled ‘Darklands’. It has been a critical success and a rating hit for Virgin television. Mark previously wrote and directed over 60 short films, some of which have won festivals and been screened on television.

All drama is conflict. Without conflict, there is no action. Without action, there is no character. Without character, there is no story. And without story, there is no screenplay.

— Syd Field

Why Take This Class

Students will benefit in the following ways


Gain In-depth Knowledge
Understand Craft of Screenwriting
Learn About Every Stage
Online Convenience
Live Classes


Aspiring Writers
Film Directors and Actors
People Interested in the Craft of Screenwriting
Documentary Filmmakers