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Beginner's Guide to Screenwriting


Sat 15 Sep 2018, 9:15am–4:30pm
Sun 16 Sep 2018, 9:15am–4:30pm

Where: Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

Restrictions: R15

Ticket Information:

  • Earlybird (Closes August 17): $299.00
  • General Admission: $399.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: kathryn132

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

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 your script.

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

Facilitator: Kathryn Burnett
Read more about this workshop.

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.

"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

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