Kathryn Burnett

I like helping people do their best creative work. 

I've been a professional writer for over 20 years and have distilled everything I know about the challenges of creative work into a series of dynamic training workshops.  I also offer one on one coaching.

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Writing Workshops

My workshop teach screenwriting, creative problem solving for writers and how to get your projects started. I also offer two nifty online courses -  "Screenwriting Toolkit for Teachers" and "How to Set Up Your Amazing Writers' Group."

The Writing Room

A unique subscription to a big ol' writing club. I created this inclusive group for writers who want to write more productively, stay inspired and achieve their writing goals with a community of other writers.  Subscribe here:

Ideation Training Workshops

Improve brainstorming process and encourage innovation. My ideation training for businesses teaches new techniques and reinvigorates creative thinking.

Screenplay Assessor

As a professional screenplay assessor for over ten years, I have helped many writers and producers improve their scripts before taking them to market.  I have numerous screen credits and has worked as a writer and series developer with all of New Zealand’s major production companies. (See my bio below). I also teach popular Screenwriting Workshops.

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Kathryn has significant film and television writing credits and has developed numerous television series for New Zealand’s major production companies.  

She was the Executive Director of the New Zealand Writers Guild between 1997-2000 and the screenwriting tutor at South Seas Film and TV School between 2003 and 2007.  In addition, she is an in demand Script Consultant/Assessor who has worked with numerous writers and production companies.  

Kathryn produced her first play Mike & Virginia (co-written Nick Ward) in 2011 as part of the International Comedy Festival and it was subsequently produced in Wellington at Circa Theatre (2013.)  She currently has two screenplays in development and is working as a script consultant on two feature films.  


Nominated for Adams New Play Award 2017,  Winner -SWANZ - Best Play - Mike & Virginia (with Nick Ward) (2012), Winner - KFM Inaugural Short Story Competition (2004), Winner - AFTA for Best Drama Script (with Paula Boock) for “The Strip.” (2003),  Winner - Qantas Media Award (Best Human Relations Column 1998)


Shelved (Winner - Best Animated Short - NY International Film Festival) - Writer, Cradle (Short) - Script Consultant, The Devil’s Rock (Feature) – Story Consultant, Dean Spanley (Feature) - Script Consultant, Love Birds (Feature) – Story Editor, The Ferryman (Feature) - Script Editor, Poppy (Animated Short) - Story Editor.


Perfomer/Writer - "Dialogue - Mum's The Word" 2016 Comedy Festival, Producer/Playwright Mike & Virginia (Stamp 2011, Circa 2013)  Playwright -Bowled Over (ATC 2013), Writer - Girls Gotta Eat.


Cul de Sac (children's drama) - Writer, Storyliner, The Cult - (prime time drama) - Co-Creator, Amazing Extraordinary Friends - (children's comedy) - Writer, The Strip - (prime time drama) - Writer, Holly’s Heroes - (children's drama) - Writer, The Lost Children - (children's drama) - Writer, Street Legal - (prime time drama) - Writer.

Books: “Has Johnny Come Lately?” (HarperCollins)

Magazines: North & South, Grace Magazine, More Magazine, She Magazine, Canadian Screenwriter.


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