About Kathryn

I’ve been a professional, working writer for over 20 years and I get the challenges of creative work.

So I’ve created a series of workshops and programmes that help writers be the best they can be.  Not only do I teach screenwriting and creative brainstorming – I help folks smash procrastination, achieve writing goals, and take their projects from good to great.

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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 my actual BIO below…)

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CURRENT PROJECTS:

My most recently produced projects include TV series – “Fresh Eggs“, “The Sounds“, co-written telefeature “The Tender Trap” and short film “Prickly Jam.”  I’m also in the writing team for an Aussie rom-com series and an HBO sci-fi series, my latest play and have two feature films in development. 

MY NEXT WORKSHOP/EVENT:

The Writing Room – Tuesday 4 February 2020

Struggling to find time to write? Craving the space and focus to finish (or just start) that project. Subscribe to The Writing Room and get access to our monthly sessions in Auckland READ MORE HERE  or SUBSCRIBE

Beginner’s Guide to Creative Writing – Sat 15 Feb 2020

Yearning to write but not sure where or how to start? This is a short, practical workshop that guides newer writers through the key elements of creative writing. READ MORE HERE.

Beginner’s Guide: Improve Your Inner Game – 29th Feb 2020

Writing is hard work. We’re often at the mercy of external forces we can’t control so how do we stay motivated and focused? FIND OUT MORE

BIOGRAPHY:

Kathryn is an award-winning screenwriter who has worked in the NZ television/film industry for over 20 years.   She has significant television and film credits (see credits below) and has developed numerous television series for NZ’s major production companies.

She currently has a co-written telefeature “Tender Trap” in production and a comedy series in development with Warner Brothers. 

In 2018 she was a Seed Grant (Advanced) recipient and a co-writer on two 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 regularly runs sell out workshops at the Auckland Writers Festival and last October was a speaker at the Fourth World Conference of Screenwriters in Berlin. She is also the President of the New Zealand Writers Guild.

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).

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 Credits:

Prickly Jam (short film) – Co-writer,  Shelved (Winner – Best Animated Short Film – NY International Film Festival) – Writer,  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:

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

Television Credits:

The Tender Trap (tele-feature), Fresh Eggs (black comedy), The Sounds (TV drama), The Cul de Sac (multi-awardwinning 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.

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WCOS Berlin 2018

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