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Beginner's Guide to Screenwriting | Auckland 2019

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Studio One Toi Tu

1 Ponsonby Road



New Zealand

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Want to write for the big screen but not sure where to start?

Or maybe you've got a great film idea but struggling to get it down on paper.

Beginner's Guide to Screenwriting is a dynamic two-day workshop that demystifies the nuts and bolts of screenwriting, taking you step by step through what you need to know to start writing.

Perhaps you're already underway but not sure if you're on the right track or keep losing momentum.

No matter what level you're at - if you want to improve your screenwriting skills Beginner’s Guide to Screenwriting is designed especially for you.

Screenwriting has much in common with other forms of creative writing and storytelling but it has a distinct form and language. This workshop provides an excellent grounding in both and offers genuine insight into how film and television projects are put together.

Who is this workshop for? Newer screenwriters or industry professionals looking to up-skill.

Facilitator: Kathryn Burnett (Read Bio)

How does this sound?

  • A fun, supportive learning environment. (No pressure to share.)

  • Clear, practical information and advice from an industry insider.

  • Guidance on making sure your idea is cinematic.

  • Learn what differentiates a screenplay from other forms of writing - and what that means for the screenwriter.

  • Insights to help you avoid newbie mistakes from the get-go.

  • Instruction on how screenplay stories are put together.

  • Invaluable story exercises designed to help you develop your kick-ass story.

  • E-notes and handouts.

  • Did I mention that it's fun?

Want a sneak preview? Grab my FREE Screenwriter Starter Kit

"I feel like I learned years of knowledge in two days. It was incredible so stop reading this and go sign up!" Francesca Wen Xiu Logan - Aspiring Screenwriter

You will learn:

  • The basic how and why of writing for film, including plot, story structure, dialogue, big print, character arc and the visual grammar of screenplays.

  • How writing a screenplay differs from writing other forms of fiction

  • How genre impacts and influences your story

  • The importance of starting with a cinematic premise

  • How to format a screenplay

  • How to create compelling watchable characters

  • How to write a logline, synopsis and beat sheet

  • How to structure your story before you start writing.

  • How to write a scene.

  • The differences between writing a feature film, short film and TV.

  • What to do next once you've finished your draft.

What people are saying:

"Kathryn Burnett is the bombdiggity. She brings amazing experience, intelligence, and passion to her teaching. She has a comprehensive understanding of movies, cinema history, and storytelling technique, and is effective and engaging when sharing that knowledge with her students. Kathryn is to storytelling tutors as Carlos the Jackal is to international assassins. I can't recommend her highly enough." Steve Barr - screenwriter, producer, and development executive

“Kathryn's screenwriting workshop was brilliant. I loved learning from her and would sit at the front of the class, furiously jotting down notes like a nerd. Kathryn has a natural ability to connect with an audience. She teaches with patience and humour and she provides cake for morning tea! I'd recommend the workshop for anyone wanting to learn more about screenwriting.” Jaquie Brown – Presenter, Actor, Screenwriter

"Loved it! Kathryn gets straight to the point and gives clear, practical advice about screenwriting. She demystifies the process." Rebecca Barry Hill - Journalist/Screenwriter

Facilitator: Kathryn Burnett is an award-winning screenwriter, dynamic workshop facilitator, script consultant, and playwright. She has worked in the television/film industry for 20 years, has significant television and film credits and has developed numerous television series for New Zealand’s major production companies. She wrote the multi-award-winning short film "Shelved" and was co-writer on the recent TVNZ series "The Cul de Sac" and "Fresh Eggs." She currently has two feature screenplays, and a tele-feature, in development and is working as a script consultant on two feature films. You can read her full bio HERE.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Age minimum is 16.(But contact me if you'd like to discuss!)

What is your cancellation/refund policy?

If the event is canceled by organiser, participants will receive a full and automatic refund. If canceled by the participant - cancellation must be at least 7 days prior to the event to receive a full refund. If cancellation is less than 7 days - a 75% fee refund is available at the facilitator's discretion. If cancellation is less than 48 hours prior to event - a 50% fee refund may be available solely at the facilitator's discretion but by no means automatic.

What do I need to bring?

Pen and paper - and a laptop if you prefer.

What's the situation re: catering?

Morning and afternoon tea is provided on both days.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email me, right here - Kathryn@kathryn-burnett.com

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Transferrable to another person - yes. Another event - no. (But check with me.)

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you'll be on our list.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the actual attendee. Is that okay?

Yes. (We will check but people often buy this workshop for someone as a present.)

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