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Beginner's Guide to Screenwriting | Auckland

Saturday, 24 June 2017 at 9:30 am - Sunday, 25 June 2017 at 4:30 pm (NZST)

Beginner's Guide to Screenwriting | Auckland

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Earlybird Registration
Register May 15th before 12 pm to grab your Earlybird discount!
Ended $299.00 $0.00
General Registration
Includes GST.
24/06/2017 $397.00 $0.00
Industry Guild Member (Membership ID will be required at the door)
This discount is for members of the NZWG, Actor's Equity, DEGNZ, WIFT, Techo's Guild, NZSA
24/06/2017 $319.00 $0.00
* Prices include GST

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Got a great film idea but not sure where to start?  

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

Perhaps you've started your screenplay but you're struggling with all the conflicting info and "rules" online.

No matter where you're at - if you want to improve your screenwriting skills Beginner’s Guide to Screenwriting is designed 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 insight into how film and television projects are put together.


Who’s it for?  Newer screenwriters or industry professionals looking to up-skill. 

Tutor:  Kathryn Burnett




How does this sound?  

  • A fun, supportive learning environment. (No need to share.) 
  • Clear, practical information and real advice from an industry insider.
  • Guidance on how to make sure your idea is cinematic.
  • Find out 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 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 learnt years of knowledge in two days.  It was incredible so stop reading this and go sign up!"  Francesca Wen Xiu Logan - Aspiring Screenwriter

More Testimonials from previous workshop participants:

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 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

Kathryn is an award-winning screenwriter, dynamic workshop facilitator, script consultant and playwright. She has worked in the televison/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 writer/script consultant on recent TVNZ children's drama "The Cul de Sac". She has two feature screenplays in development and is working as a script consultant on two feature films.   She designed her Creativity/Ideation Workshops in 2011 and has been creatively reinvigorating people ever since.  Full bio...    


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

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

What do I need to bring?

Pen and paper - and a laptop if you prefer. 

What's the story re: catering? 

Morning and afternoon tea is provided on both days.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email me, right here - 

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?


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

No, you'll be on our list.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

If event is cancelled by organiser, participants will receive a full and automatic refund.  If cancelled by participant - cancellation must be at least 72 hours prior to event to receive full refund.  If cancellation is less than 72 hours prior to workshop - a 50% fee refund is available at the facilitator's discretion. 

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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Studio One Tu Toi
1 Ponsonby Road
New Zealand

Saturday, 24 June 2017 at 9:30 am - Sunday, 25 June 2017 at 4:30 pm (NZST)

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Kathryn Burnett is a professional screenwriter, playwright and workshop facilitator who delights in creatively inspiring others. She has worked in the arts industry for 20 years and has helped numerous writers both new and experienced.  She is also a creativity coach who runs dynamic Ideation and Creativity workshops for businesses and organisations.


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