About Kathryn

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

I’ve created a series of workshops, sessions, and programmes that help writers be the best they can be.  I help folks 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 going to go with that.

You can read more about my writing workshops HERE.

You can get in touch HERE.


I’m working on two TV series currently in production (The Cul de Sac, Fresh Eggs) and have two features (Shelved, Pandamonium) and a new play in development.


Kathryn is an award-winning screenwriter who 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 is also a regular speaker at industry events and is a 2018 Seed Grant (Advanced) recipient.

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.”  She also 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 with Nick Ward) in 2011 as part of the Comedy Festival and it was subsequently produced in Wellington at Circa Theatre (2013).


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 Credits:

Shelved (Winner – Best Animated Short Film – 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 Credits:

Mike & Virginia – Producer/Playwright,(Stamp 2011, Circa 2013) Bowled Over (ATC 2013) – Playwright, Girls Gotta Eat – Writer.

Television Credits:

The Cul de Sac (children’s drama series 2 & 3) – Writer, Story-liner, 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.