Beginner's Guide to Screenwriting March 2020
Got a great film idea but not sure how to get it down on paper?
Beginner's Guide to Screenwriting is a popular 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 how you're doing or what to do next.
No matter what level you're at - if you want to improve your screenwriting skills Beginner’s Guide to Screenwriting is designed for you.
Who is this workshop for? Newer screenwriters or industry professionals looking to up-skill.
"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
"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 (Born To Dance) producer, and development executive
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.
“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 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 a co-writer on the TVNZ series "The Cul de Sac" and "Fresh Eggs". She currently has two feature screenplays in development and is working as part of the development team for an HBO sci-fi series. You can read her full bio HERE.