SPA Girls Podcast – EP63 – Interview with Kathryn Burnett

This week we talk to screenwriter Kathryn Burnett about planning writing projects, as well as setting goals as an author and keeping them – just in time for the start of the year. We went to a fantastic workshop (on creativity and how to keep it flowing) given by Kathryn at the 2016 RWNZ conference, which is why we thought it would be a great idea to get her onto the show. It was a fun interview; Kathryn gives a heap of valuable information for organising new projects and making sure you stay on track, plus she has some really interesting stories about how she got into screenwriting, and the kind of work she does now for clients.

“I help people do their best creative work.” 

Kathryn has worked in the television/film industry for 20 years, has significant television writing credits and has developed numerous television series for New Zealand’s major production companies.  She was the Executive Director of the New Zealand Writers Guild between 1997-2000 and the screenwriting tutor at South Seas Film and TV School between 2003 and 2007.  In addition, she is an in demand Script Consultant/Assessor who has worked with numerous writers and production companies.  Kathryn produced her first play Mike & Virginia (co-written Nick Ward) in 2011 as part of the International Comedy Festival and it was subsequently produced in Wellington at Circa Theatre (2013.)  She currently has two screenplays in development and is working as a script consultant on two feature films.


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)

I have distilled everything I know about the challenges of creative work into a series of dynamic training workshops.  I also offer one to one coaching.

Ideation Training Workshops

Improve brainstorming process and encourage innovation.  My ideation training teaches new techniques and reinvigorates creative thinking.

Writing Workshops

My workshop subjects include screenwriting, creative problem solving for writers and how to get your projects started. I also offer two nifty online courses –  “Screenwriting Toolkit for Teachers” and “How to Set Up Your Amazing Writers’ Group.”

Screenplay Assessor

As a professional screenplay assessor for over ten years, I have helped many writers and producers improve their scripts before taking them to market.  I have numerous screen credits and has worked as a writer and series developer with all of New Zealand’s major production companies. (See my bio below). I also teach popular Screenwriting Workshops.


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  1. Fantastic podcast ladies (as always). This was absolutely what I needed to hear today. I always struggle to achieve my goals.

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    • SPA Girls

      Glad you enjoyed it Kristina!

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