Please note this programme is subject to change.

October 1st

  • 19:00 – 21:00
    Welcome Drinks

October 2nd

  • 09:00 – 10:00
  • 10:00 – 10:20
    OPENING REMARKS – Jennifer Davidson, Chair WGI
  • 10:20 – 10:45
  • 10:45 – 11:00
    Coffee break
  • 11:00 – 12:00
    Irish Retrospective We bring together a panel of some key players in the building of the Writers Guild of Ireland for a lively discussion on its origins, the long austerity years, and the current brighter climate
  • 12:00 – 13:00
    Freedom of Artistic Expression Across the world, an increasing number of political parties are coming to government, with limitations on freedom of expression as a clear goal, intended primarily to help them stay in power once elected.  Screenwriters and other creators are increasingly self-censoring, proposing projects likely to get support and suppressing those likely to be refused. What is happening and how can we defend ourselves from this assault on our right to freedom of artistic expression?
  • 13:00 – 14:00
  • 14:00 – 15:00
    Building Creative Relationships An in-conversation session with Element Picture’s Ed Guiney, exploring their long term relationships with writers
  • 15:00 – 16:00
    Soaps in the Era of Prestige TV Soaps have traditionally propped up local production ecosystems, draw huge audiences and fulfill an important public service remit. But they often don’t get respect. With the demise of shows like BBCs Doctors, the cutting back of episodes and budgets for soaps globally, can they survive?
  • 16:00 – 16:15
  • 16:15 – 17:15
    Cultural Diversity in an International Marketplace The advent of streaming has turned the television industry into an international marketplace – the next big hit could come from anywhere! But are audiences getting genuine local stories or are writers being asked to pander to stereotypes to maximize global viewership? A panel of writers from around the world discuss how to stay true to one’s own story and language when shows are expected to travel easily.
    TG4 logo Le tacaíocht ó TG4 / Sponsored by TG4
  • 17:15 – 18:00
    The Power of Stories: Screenwriters Tackling Global Issues Join us for an exploration into the dynamic role of screenwriters in driving social, environmental, and political change through their storytelling. This panel will delve into how screenwriters harness the power of narrative to address pressing issues such as climate change, social injustice, and political upheaval. Gain insights into the intersection of art and activism as we analyse the impact of screenwriting on shaping public consciousness and inspiring action towards a better future.
  • 18:00