About Kathryn

I’ve been a working writer for over 25 years and truly get the challenges that come with creative work. When I’m not writing, I run craft workshops and programmes under the Beginner’s Guide Writing Workshops umbrella and facilitate a subscription-based group called The Writing Room.
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Writefest 2024 – 21st July – Auckland – 1 Day, 9 Writing Workshops, 7 Tutors 
Nicola Cheeseman is Back Opens 19th June (Herald Theatre, Auckland)

LATEST NEWS: The premiere of my one-woman show “Nicola Cheeseman is Back” opens in June in Auckland! In other news The Productive Writer Guidebook is now available in hardcopy! If you don’t live in NZ – you can buy it on Amazon. It’s a nifty guide for folks who want to write more this year. Late last year I finished on Under The Vines and was delighted to have a short story published in the unsettling anthology Remains To Be Told: Dark Tales of Aotearoa.

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BIOGRAPHY: Kathryn is an award-winning screenwriter who has worked in the NZ & Australian television/film industry for over 25 years.  She has significant television and film credits (see credits below) and has developed numerous television series for NZ’s major production companies. Her one woman play “Nicola Cheeseman is Back” was recently shortlisted for the 2023 Adams NZ Play Award.

She was on the writing team for series 2 of award-winning animated series – Bird’s Eye View (TVNZ) and her most recently produced TV credits include “The Brokenwood Mysteries” , “Under The Vines” and “My Life is Murder.”  In 2020 she co-wrote tele-feature “The Tender Trap” which picked up the NZTVA BEST Drama Script Award 2021 and was the script editor on TVNZ’s limited series “Black Hands“. The world premiere of her latest play “The Campervan” enjoyed a sell out season at the Pumphouse Theatre in Sept 2022. Read Review. And 2023 saw a return to the Pumphouse with her first play “Mike & Virginia” Read Review

In 2018 she was a Seed Grant (Advanced) recipient and a co-writer on the TVNZ television series “The Cul de Sac” and “Fresh Eggs.”   

Kathryn has worked as a Script Assessor for NZOA and helped numerous writers and producers move their projects forward.  She’s a regular guest on RNZ’s The Panel and has run sell-out workshops at the Auckland Writers Festival. In October 2019  she was a speaker at the Fourth World Conference of Screenwriters in Berlin. She was also a serving member on the NZ Writers Guild board for over 5 years.

Kathryn produced her first play ‘Mike & Virginia” (co-written with Nick Ward) in 2011 as part of the Comedy Festival and it was subsequently produced in Wellington at Circa Theatre (2013).


2023 – Shortlisted – 2023 Adams NZ Play Award

2021 – Winner – NZTVA’s Best ScriptDrama (w Riwia Brown) 

2020 – Winner – Show Me Shorts Festival – Best Screenplay – Prickly Jam (w James Cunningham)

2017 – Shortlisted – Adams NZ Play Award – The Campervan

2012 – Winner – SWANZ – Best Play – Mike & Virginia (with Nick Ward)

2004 – Winner KFM Inaugural Short Story Competition

2003 – Winner – AFTA for Best Drama Script (w Paula Boock) for “The Strip.” (2003)

1998 – Winner – Qantas Media Award  – Best Human Relations Column 

Film Credits:

Prickly Jam (short film) – Co-writer,  Shelved (Winner – Best Animated Short Film – NY International Film Festival) – Writer,  GURL (short) – Script Consultant,  Daniel (short) – Script Consultant, She Shears (feature documentary) – Story Consultant,  Breaker-Upperers (feature) – Script Consultant,  The Devil’s Rock (Feature) – Story Editor, Dean Spanley (Feature) – Script Consultant, Love Birds (Feature) – Story Editor, The Ferryman (Feature) – Script Editor, Cradle – Script Consultant, Poppy (Animated Short) – Story Editor.

Theatre Credits:

“Nicola Cheeseman is Back” (Plumb Theatre 2024), “The Campervan” (Tadpole Productions 2022), “Mike & Virginia” – Producer/Playwright,(Stamp 2011, Circa 2013, Tadpole Productions 2023) “Bowled Over” (Auckland Theatre Company 2013) – Playwright, “Girls Gotta Eat” – Writer.

Television Credits:

The Tender Trap (tele-feature), Black Hands (limited series – script editor) Under The Vines (rom-com series), My Life is Murder (light crime series), Fresh Eggs (black comedy), The Sounds (6- part thriller), The Cul de Sac (multi-award-winning children’s drama series)  The Cult – (primetime drama) – Co-Creator, Amazing Extraordinary Friends – (children’s comedy series)  The Strip – (primetime drama)  Holly’s Heroes – (children’s drama)  The Lost Children – (children’s drama)  Street Legal – (primetime drama) 

Books:  “The Productive Writer Guidebook” (BGWW) “Has Johnny Come Lately?” (HarperCollins)

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


WCOS Berlin 2018