Welcome to the WFT Writers’ Room, a supportive online space where our members can ask honest and in-depth questions across an array of topics hosted by fellow writer and WFT Admin Executive Gemma Creagh.
In this industry, rejection is embedded in the game, and so much of your work might never see the light of day. WFT is delighted to host a discussion on mental health with the accomplished director of Minding Creative Minds, Ann Marie Shields. In our post-pandemic world, fueled by social media, creatives are reporting record burnout. We’ll be chatting with Ann Marie, not only about her impressive achievements to date, but also about the important work that Minding Creative Minds is doing – as we reflect on the question: how can we protect our mental health as writers?
Up-to-date WFT & WGI Members can register here for the private zoom meeting Q&A after with Ann Marie Shields at 7:15 pm.
About Ann Marie Shields
Ann Marie Shields is a director of Minding Creative Minds, a 32 County 24/7 wellbeing and support programme offered free to the entire Irish Creative Sector. Ann Marie is Head of Careers, Industry, Events and Guests at BIMM Institute Dublin.
Ann Marie has worked extensively in the music industry working closely with bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr, Rumer, Rob Ells/PJ Harvey, Mercury Rev, Rollerskate Skinny, Martina Topley Bird, Marianne Faithful, Laika, The Bug, MAD LION, Snake River Conspiracy and Charlotte Hatherley (ASH/Bat for Lashes). She spent 6 years at Warner Bros. flagship label Reprise Records and was on the steering committee that launched The Association of Independent Music Ireland (AIM Ireland).
Ann Marie manages her own AMS Records label and distribution service, with releases from Side 4 Collective, SELK, Shelley Bukspan, Graham Sweeney, Moon Looks On and Vernon Jane. She moonlights as a film music supervisor with www.muscic4movies.org Films she worked on include critically acclaimed Blue Iguana featuring Oscar winner Sam Rockwell; Joe Meek biopic Telstar; Raindance winner Mr. In-Between; Savannah winner The Kid; Sean Bean thriller Cleanskin; and recently released feature Vengeance Is Mine. She is currently working on Hadi Hajaig’s All Mine Enemies which is in pre-production.