About Kathryn

I’m a working writer so I get the challenges of creative work.Kathryn Burnett

I’ve been a professional writer for over 20 years and over the last six years, I’ve created a series of workshops, sessions, and programmes that help writers be the best they can be.  I help folks smash procrastination, achieve their writing goals – 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. (Actual BIO below…)

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My most recently produced projects include TV series – “Fresh Eggs” and “The Cul de Sac.”  I’m currently working on an HBO sci-fi series, my latest play and have two feature film screenplays in development.


Planning Your Screenwriting Career (10 July) Join me and NZWG Executive Director Alice Shearman for an informative evening on how to start planning your screenwriting career, stay focused and get to where you want to go faster. BOOK NOW

Beginner’s Guide to Screenwriting (7 & 8 September) – my popular and intensive two-day workshop designed to demystify the nuts and bolts of screenwriting. READ MORE HERE  Earlybird on sale BOOK NOW

Productive Writer Masterclass (19 October) – exciting details and registration opening soon… 


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 was recently nominated for the 2017 Adams Best New Play Award and in 2018 was a co-writer on two television series “The Cul de Sac” and “Fresh Eggs” – and a Seed Grant (Advanced) recipient.   Kathryn 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 and last October was a speaker at the Fourth World Conference of Screenwriters in Berlin.

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:

Fresh Eggs (Dramedy), 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.awf_folks_2015.jpg

WCOS Berlin 2018