Screenplay coverage with Barry McEvoy - latest newsMost writing courses encourage you to write what you know. Our classes encourage you to write what you can imagine, given what you know.

Barry McEvoy’s philosophy stays away from unhelpful labels and tropes like conflict and obstacles, replacing them with less sports driven terms like pressure and paradox and metaphor.

The aim is to avoid the superheroes-type screenplay-by-numbers approach that has brought the world a seemingly endless supply of cliché, tired, and unoriginal films and television series.


A screenplay is a collection of scenes, laid out like beads on a necklace. Most screenwriting courses focus front and centre on the big picture, on the hero’s journey, on story and plot structure. This is putting the cart before the horse. In this 6-week course we set out to create unpredictable characters… then put them in great scenes. We focus on the basics of clean screenplay formatting, and on stage directions that never waffle.

We look to banish writer’s block forever with tailor-made pressures on a character and with settings and scenarios that are loaded with symbolism, irony and depth.

Class size: 10.
Class time: 2.5 hours.
Duration 1 night a week for 6 weeks.

Barry McEvoy Screenwriting


This 10-week course aims to have you finish the first 60 pages of a full length feature screenplay. From inception to loglines, this class requires a commitment of at least 6 pages per week. It begins with you pitching ideas to a writers room environment and ends with the FIRSTLOOK showcase evening of your best 10 pages to be read by professional actors in front of an audience of friends, family and invited industry professionals.

Admission to this class is based on either a 3-page sample of your previous writing or on completion of the 6-week Intro course.

Class size: 6.
Class time: 2.5 hours.
Duration 1 night a week for 10 weeks.

Barry McEvoy Screenwriting classes

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