About Kathryn

I’ve been a working writer for over 20 years so I really get the challenges of creative work. Scroll all the way down to check out my bio…

In addition to writing, I run workshops and programmes under the Beginner’s Guide Writing Workshop umbrella.  Our courses teach writing craft and know-how and also help folks smash procrastination, achieve writing goals, and take their projects from good to great.  I also created and run the online subscription writing group The Writing Room –  If you’d like to join us – subscribe and get access to our weekly Tuesday night sessions READ MORE HERE  or jump onboard SUBSCRIBE HERE

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My latest produced credits include – co-written tele-feature “The Tender Trap” (TVNZ) “Fresh Eggs” (TVNZ), Aussie rom-com series “Under The Vines” (Acorn TV/TVNZ) and the light crime series “My Life Is Murder” (Acorn TV/TVNZ) Plus award-winning short film “Prickly Jam.”  I’m currently on the development team for several TV series and looking forward to my latest play “The Campervan” being produced by Tadpole Productions at the Pumphouse Theatre (Sept 2021).  I also have two feature films in development.  SEE FULL BIO BELOW


Into The Jungle: Creating Innovative Theatre w Gary Henderson

An intensive one day live ONLINE Course Tutor: Award-winning playwright Gary Henderson 

Jumpstart Your Screenplay w Kathryn Burnett

A one day crash course in the screenwriting basics you need to start your screenplay (LIVE Online)

How to Write Fiction: A one day Introduction w Anne Kennedy

An inspiring one day introduction to creative writing.

Screenwriting 101 – 6 WEEK Course ONLINE 2022 – opens soon

Jump onto my database and get a heads up when registrations open. Want to write for the big screen but not sure where to start?  This series of 6 dynamic, weekly classes demystify the nuts and bolts of screenwriting, taking you step by step through what you need to know to start writing.  Read or watch video testimonials 


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 recently co-wrote tele-feature “The Tender Trap” and has two feature films in development.  Her most recently produced TV credits include “Under The Vines” and “My Life is Murder.”  In 2020 she was the script editor on TVNZ’s limited series “Black Hands“. Her latest play “The Campervan” is scheduled for production at the Pumphouse Theatre in September 2021.

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 regularly runs sell-out workshops at the Auckland Writers Festival and in October 2019 was a speaker at the Fourth World Conference of Screenwriters in Berlin. She is also a serving member on the New Zealand Writers Guild board.

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).


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

2017 Adams Best New Play Award – The Campervan – 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,  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:

The Campervan (Tadpole Productions 2021), Mike & Virginia – Producer/Playwright,(Stamp 2011, Circa 2013) 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 2 & 3)  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: “Has Johnny Come Lately?” (HarperCollins)

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


WCOS Berlin 2018