About Kathryn

I’ve been working as a writer for over 25 years so I really get the challenges that come with doing creative work. In addition to writing I run writing craft workshops and programmes under the Beginner’s Guide Writing Workshops umbrella. And facilitate an awesome subscription based writing group called The Writing Room. We meet every Tuesday night online and you’re welcome to join us from anywhere.

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My big news is that I’ve been shortlisted for the 2023 Adam New Play Award! My latest writing gigs have been working on series 2 of award-winning animated series – Bird’s Eye View (TVNZ), and the latest series of The Brokenwood Mysteries (TVNZ/South Pacific Pictures.)  My play “The Campervan” enjoyed a sell out season at The Pumphouse Theatre in September 2022.  Produced by Tadpole Productions – this play centres around successful businessman Hugh and his second wife who lead a life of luxury and privilege until Hugh decides to live in a campervan. Read Review. 

Last year I worked on Series 2Under the Vines (Acorn TV/TVNZ) and Series 3 of “My Life is Murder” (Acorn TV/TVNZ.) I was also awarded NZTVA BEST Drama Script Award 2021 for the tele-feature “The Tender Trap” (w Riwia Brown.)  SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN FOR MY FULL BIO 


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Kathryn is an award-winning screenwriter who has worked in the NZ & Australian 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” which picked up the NZTVA BEST Drama Script Award 2021.  Her most recently produced TV credits include “The Brokenwood Mysteries” , “Under The Vines” and “My Life is Murder.”  In 2020 she was the script editor on TVNZ’s limited series “Black Hands“. The world premiere of her latest play “The Campervan” enjoyed a sell out season at the Pumphouse Theatre in September 2022.

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 has run sell-out workshops at the Auckland Writers Festival. In October 2019  she was a speaker at the Fourth World Conference of Screenwriters in Berlin. She was also a serving member on the New Zealand Writers Guild board for over 5 years.

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).


2021 – Winner – NZTVA’s Best ScriptDrama (w Riwia Brown) 

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

2017 – Shortlisted – Adams Best New Play Award – The Campervan

2012 – Winner – SWANZ – Best Play – Mike & Virginia (with Nick Ward)

2004 – Winner KFM Inaugural Short Story Competition

2003 – Winner – AFTA for Best Drama Script (w Paula Boock) for “The Strip.” (2003)

1998 – Winner – Qantas Media Award  – Best Human Relations Column 

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 2022), 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