About Kathryn

As a working writer, I understand the challenges of creative work.Kathryn Burnett

So I’ve created a series of workshops, coaching sessions and programmes that help writers be the best writers they can be, smash procrastination, and take their projects from good to great.

I was recently described on Facebook as “a kick-ass babe who knows her shit” so I’m just going to go with that.

You can read more about my writing workshops HERE.

You can get in touch HERE.


Writer on two TV series currently in production (The Cul de Sac, Fresh Eggs) and a children’s animated feature also in production.  Two feature films and a play in development.


Kathryn has worked in the television / film industry for over 20 years. She has significant television and film credits and has developed numerous television series for New Zealand’s major production companies.

She was recently nominated for the 2017 Adams Best New Play Award and is a co-writer on the children’s series “The Cul de Sac.”  In addition, she works as a Script Consultant / Assessor for NZOA not to mention numerous writers and producers.

She regularly runs sell out workshops at the Auckland Writers Festival.  Kathryn produced her first play Mike & Virginia (co-written Nick Ward) in 2011 as part of the Comedy Festival and it was subsequently produced in Wellington at Circa Theatre (2013).

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

Film: Shelved (Winner – Best Animated Short – NY International Film Festival) – Writer, 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: Mike & Virginia – Producer/Playwright,(Stamp 2011, Circa 2013) Bowled Over (ATC 2013) – Playwright, Girls Gotta Eat – Writer.

Television: The Cul de Sac (children’s drama series 2 & 3) – Writer, Storyliner, The Cult – (prime time drama) – Co-Creator, Amazing Extraordinary Friends – (children’s comedy series) – 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.