Friday, 6 December 2019

Writing Muscles Love Diversity...

I love writing books, deeply deeply with a visceral sort of humm, but when I get my teeth into a script, it’s a buzz of a different kind. Far from what agents told me in my early days, most writers do like to cross mediums and genres and I think it's good for us. Writing muscles like diversity and each medium feeds something into the other.

Write That Script exists because of all the writing students I’ve had the past 20 odd years; an awful lot of very good writers. Some were experimenting with screenwriting, some had dreamt of screenwriting or were pursuing a goal they hadn’t had time to explore before, others were trying the different medium because they were curious while yet more were film buffs who could put me to shame or wanted to do the whole hog from writing to acting to directing.This book is dedicated to all of them.

So if you know any writers who might like to try screenwriting as a Christmas present...
1. You can get signed copies from my online store - just tell me who to dedicate it to (;
2. You can get it worldwide from Amazon;
3. From select bookshops: Alan Hanna's in Rathmines, Dublin 6, Books Upstairs, Dublin 2, the Irish Film Institute's bookshop, Dublin 2, The Winding Stairs Bookshop, Dublin 1 and Charlie's in Galway city and
4. If you want to have a look before you buy, it's in libraries throughout Ireland and the US. 

Chuffed when Kate O'Toole bought a copy!

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Galway Film Fleadh... Here I Come!

The Galway Film Fleadh, renowned as one of the best film festivals around, has just kicked off and runs until Sunday. It's the 31st GFF. I'm heading down tomorrow and, as ever, can't wait. Two meetings lined up regarding feature projects... who knows what may happen? There are always interesting conversations to be had quite apart from the riches to find on screen - I usually find myself pretty torn between the two. #filmfleadh31
Is it really a year ago since I did my Galway launch of Write That Script?! It's now available in libraries across Ireland, with select bookshops - Fred Hanna's in Rathmines, Dublin 6, Charlie Byrne's in Galway, Books Upstairs, Dublin 2 and the Winding Stairs Bookshop, Dublin 1 and with online suppliers: Irish Library Suppliers and Kenny's Bookshop, also with Amazon.In case you're wondering what Write That Script is like, I just came across this review on Goodreads last week, made my little heart skip! 
The wonderful Kate O'Toole with her new purchase!
"Write That Script is a gem of practical advice, complete with a conversational approach that reminded me a lot of Stephen King's On Writing (my go-to source for writing wisdom). This is not a typical "do this, do that" outline with anemic examples. Sedgwick guides you through the entire process from structural breakdowns to character motivations, all while providing thoughtful exercises in order to apply what you learn. She also peppers the book with relevant quotes from famed authors and industry professionals, which I found to be compelling and insightful. It really does feel like you are sitting down with Lindsay for a one-on-one.

"I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get a firm grasp on screenwriting, not only from a structural standpoint, but also from a motivational one."

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Dublin Comic Arts Festival - table 42!

Excited to be exhibiting at my first Dublin Comic Arts Festival this coming Saturday, July 6th. It's in the Chocolate Factory at 26 Kings Inn Street (right behind the cinema complex on Parnell Street) , first floor - above the lovely Blás Cafe - from 11-4.

I've been to a handful over the past year and they are always hives of activity - so much talent, so many different styles, so many interesting artists, animators, illustrators and writers to talk to, plus a live model to draw.

I took up art again a couple of years ago now.  Originally, I wanted to learn how to draw the characters I create with words.

I quickly discovered that I don't have that skill, but I also discovered that art can come from doodles...Doodles can even be art...and I've had work in three exhibitions since in Dublin and Cork.

I'm hoping to launch my new colouring book at the event, but I'll also have prints & cards - I've a new series of chakra-inspired trees, bookmarks (see below) and I might even have my novels nearby, in case anyone wants one!

@dublincomicarts @LindsayJSedgwick

Friday, 22 March 2019

First Anniversary: how does a year go by so quickly!

Can't believe it's a year today since I launched my screenwriting book, Write That Script in the Berlin bar (@BerlinBarD2Dublin). I remember far too much wine, some dancing, unbelievable conversations and the night went by in a whirl. 

My mother always said time went faster as you got older. Of course, being young, I thought this was nonsense but boy was she right!

Mervynne Jacque whose music entertained us all night.

It's now in bookshops in Dublin and Galway and online; it led to a series of workshops at various writing and book festivals around Ireland: in Westport during the wonderful Rolling Sun Book Festival, in Carlow as part of Penfest and in Howth and Swords as part of the Write Time Festival, as well as a gig in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.  I’m currently teaching up at the @IrishWritersCentre and, later this year, I'll be talking at the Dublin Book Conference. 

Write That Script is in libraries and colleges all over the country and beyond, which is amazing. It took me a year to write but a couple of decades of teaching screenwriting, as well as writing and developing material for the screen, to get the confidence to put it all on paper. So a huge thank you to all of you who supported and encouraged me, who bought my book and who turned up, regardless of weather, to hear me speak! #write that script

PS Write that Script is on Amazon US and UK and available in Ireland from my online store (