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Mary Kate O’Flanagan

Mary Kate O’Flanagan

Screenwriter and script consultant

About Mary Kate O’Flanagan

Mary Kate O’Flanagan is an award-winning writer, journalist and an expert in Storytelling On The Screen. Her work in film and television has made her one of the most in-demand teachers of screeenwriting and script development in Europe. She works in and across Europe, in The UK, The US and South Africa, as well as in her native Ireland. She has a Masters Degree in Screenwriting and trained with the Professors of Screenwriting at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Mary Kate works as a credited co-writer and an uncredited script doctor. With her sister Rachel O’Flanagan, she gives training in storytelling skills for professionals. They are particularly interested in the true-life stories that people and entities tell about themselves - how those stories inevitably shape their futures. You can see more about their work on

Mary Kate is a live storyteller and she was Ireland’s first Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth. She was also a Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth in Los Angeles and a Champion Storyteller at The Dublin StorySlam. You can hear one of her stories on The Moth Radio Hour at: The Moth | Stories | Carry Him Shoulder High