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Screenwriting 101 - 6 Week ONLINE Writing Course

10 Feb 2021 to 17 Mar 2021
7.00pm-9.00pm Wed 10 February
Want to Write a Screenplay?
Event type: 
Earlybird $415.00 - General $495.00
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Got a great film film idea but not sure how to start writing your screenplay?

6 weekly classes delivered live via Zoom demystifies the nuts and bolts of screenwriting - and gives you the confidence and know- how to start screenwriting. 

Every Wednesday evening I’ll take you step by step through what you need to know to start writing. And how to avoid newbie mistakes!

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 our Beginner’s Guide to Screenwriting is designed especially for you.

Facilitator: Kathryn Burnett

Kathryn is without question an industry insider. She has been a professional working screenwriter and script consultant for 20 years. She is an award-winning writer who has worked across short film, features and TV. Her most recently produced credits include award winning short "Prickly Jam" & "Shelved",  The Tender Trap (telefeature) Black Hands (TVNZ)Fresh Eggs (TVNZ)The Cul de Sac and The Sounds. She currently has two feature films in development and is eagerly awaiting the production of her episodes on Under The Vines and My Life is Murder.

Please get in touch if you have questions.

Check out video testimonials for this course.

“I’ve gone from being too intimidated to write a scene, to feeling equipped to take on a feature! Thanks so much!” – Angus Dreaver

“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 I'd recommend the workshop for anyone wanting to learn more about screenwriting.” Jaquie Brown – Presenter, Actor, Screenwriter

“Congrats on a great workshop. I’ve done a few and think yours is by far one of the most comprehensive. Really enjoyed it - you really know your stuff. " - Scott Butler - Advertising Director

"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


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

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 workbook.

Did I mention that it's fun?

"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

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.

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

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


Written by

Kathryn Burnett

3 Oct 2020