Kathryn Burnett is one busy creative lady!
Not only does she write award winning plays, great T.V shows and books, she also runs workshops to help other writers perfect their craft. We asked Kathryn a few questions about what she does...
Tough call between red and pink.
How do you find mornings?
I wake up and they just somehow seem to be there.
What was the last great book you read?
"Started Early, Took My Dog" by Kate Atkinson
Name one superfluous thing that you’d struggle to live without?
Complete this sentence:
New Zealand needs more…innovative and inspiring political leaders with long term vision that will make this country unstoppable.
So you are a T.V writer, a playwright and producer, a script assessor and a creative workshop facilitator! How do you find the time to fit it all in?
With great difficulty! I find focusing solely on one task per day works well - that and putting myself on a strict email diet. I also try to divide/allocate my days to different tasks i.e. some days I'm make a living and other days I'm working on creative projects for love. On the best days the project falls into both camps.
In addition to writing you also run workshops. Can you tell us a bit about them? Who would they benefit?
Some of my workshops are writing and creativity workshops for writers or fledging writers (especially screenwriters) and the workshops really benefit those who need a bit of a creative kickstart. But a couple of my workshops are specifically for organisations and businesses. Drawing on my creative experience of 20 years, these workshops are designed to teach all sorts of people how to be more creative and how they can generate better ideas more often. I often get hired to refresh a team's brainstorming habits.
You wrote for some great T.V shows like Street Legal and The Strip. Can you tell us a bit about how you got started writing for Television?
I applied for a junior job writing links for a dating show called Perfect Match and then in a very haphazard manner trained myself to write drama and comedy.
What would your advice be for someone who wants to get into writing for T.V. in NZ?
1) Sign up to the newsletter of any industry organisation that will have you - in short plug into the industry as soon as you can because you need to know what's going on. Make it your business to know how TV is made in NZ. 2) Start writing up your TV idea (but keep it brief) and use it as a calling card to get a meeting with a producer or production company.
I loved the article in North and South Magazine, that you wrote about getting your award winning play Mike and Virginia onto the stage. What was it like to win an award for this play after all your hard work?
Thank you. It was pretty nifty actually but nothing beat hearing people laugh in the first 5 minutes of opening night.
Any tips for getting a play on to the stage in NZ?
I really don't. Other than write plays and send them everywhere.
Do you have any current projects you’d like to tell us about?
I do! I'm currently running a series of creativity workshops for a company called Spark Phd and writing the fourth draft of a comedy screenplay about robots. I also have another play that I will get back to at some point.
For more info on Kathryn's work and the workshops she offers, click here.