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Beginners Guide to Screenwriting

Beginners Guide to Screenwriting

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  • Sat 9 Aug ’14, 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Sun 10 Aug ’14, 9:30am – 4:30pm


Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Registration: $295.00

Busting to write for the big screen but not sure where to start? Beginner’s Guide is an intensive two-day workshop designed to demystify the nuts and bolts of screenwriting, which has a distinct form and language while having much in common with other forms of creative writing and storytelling.

This workshop provides an excellent grounding in both and offers insight into how film projects are put together.

Participants will learn the basic hows and whys of writing for film including premise, plot, story structure, formatting, dialogue, character creation/development, character arc and the visual grammar of screenplays.

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

Tutor: Kathryn Burnett
Kathryn is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright who knows her stuff. She has worked in the film and television industry for over 18 years and has significant credits. Her most recent being the multi-award winning short film Shelved.

What are people 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 scriptwriting 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!” Jaquie Brown – Presenter/ Actor/ Screenwriter

Class limit: 26 max.
Questions? Please get in touch: studioone@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Cost includes printed handouts, various stationary and morning & afternoon tea.

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