Archives for March, 2013

Screenwriting in a Global and Digital World

· Conferences

6th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference

August 20 – 22, 2013

University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA


More information and registration at the conference web site

The annual international conference on screenwriting research will be organized by the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. The Screenwriting Research Network is a research group that commenced in 2006 within the Louis Le Prince Research Centre, at the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS), University of Leeds. The Screenwriting Research Network now consists of academics as well as practitioners interested in research centered on screenwriting studies. The network has achieved a critical mass in recent years with conferences taking place in Leeds (2008), Helsinki (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Brussels (2011), and Sydney, Australia (2012). The sixth conference widens the geographic spread of the network to North America, taking place in Madison, Wisconsin, USA (2013).

The Screenwriting Research Network is comprised of scholars, writers, and practice-based researchers devoted to rethinking the screenplay in relation to its histories, theories, values and creative practices. The aim of the conference is to continue, and expand, discussions around the screenplay and to strengthen a rapidly emerging, and global, research network. The Journal of Screenwriting, first published in 2009, stands as testament to the vitality of the screenwriting network across traditional and practice-based research. This is in addition to growth in the publication of screenwriting monographs by scholars in the network, including books on screenwriting by Steven Price, Steven Maras, J.J. Murphy, and Jill Nelmes, among others. The new Palgrave Studies in Screenwriting series grew out of this organization. The SRN is also building an online forum for scholars and practitioners interested in this subject.

The key theme of this next conference is “Screenwriting in a Digital and Global World.” This speaks to the complex and changing nature of screenwriting as a result of both digital technology and globalization. The conference hopes to raise questions about past, current, and future creative practices in scripting in various forms of media, both old and new.

Keynote speakers will be confirmed early in 2013.

The conference is interested in all types of research related to screenwriting in its many forms. We would like to invite abstracts for research presentations on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Cross-cultural collaboration in screenwriting
  • Screenwriting traditions in different national contexts
  • Screenwriting and transnationalism
  • Screenwriting and the pressures of globalization
  • Industry changes in the digital age and what it means for writers of film and television
  • Transmedia storytelling — “world building” and constructing narratives that reach across multiple platforms
  • Writing for online video as a new genre and profession
  • The history of screenwriting around the globe, including Hollywood
  • Questions of authorship in highly collaborative digital media projects
  • Database narratives and interactive, non-linear storytelling
  • Writing for games (including video games and ARGs)
  • Theorizing and analyzing screenwriting software
  • Screenwriting archival research
  • Theorizing screenwriting and the screenplay
  • Reflections on narrative theory and dramaturgy
  • Practice-based research
  • Case studies on individual writers or texts
  • Genre-orientated considerations of screenwriting and the screenplay
  • Adaptation in moving image screen works
  • The role of writing in non-fiction film, television, and other forms of media
  • Screenwriting for animation
  • Writing for episodic television
  • Screenwriting in independent cinema
  • Alternative forms of scripting

The conference is supported by a grant from the Anonymous Fund of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is being organized with assistance from the Department of Communication Arts at UW-Madison, the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research (WCFTR), and the Screenwriting Research Network.

For further information, please contact J. J. Murphy, or Kelley Conway, at Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, USA.

Conference Co-Directors:

Professor Kelley Conway and Professor J. J. Murphy, Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

London Screenwriting Seminar – Ch. Barr, S. French and N. Gerrard podcasts

· Podcasts, Seminars

Here is a communication from Adam Ganz, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway University of London.

Thank you, Adam.

There were some requests for podcasts of our previous seminars and these are now available online.

Charles Barr on “Hitchcock and his Writers” is here

Sean French and Nicci Gerrard talking about being adapted is here

These are both downloadable through iTunes.

Many thanks to the Institute of English Studies for making this possible.

London Screenwriting Research Seminar – Dr Eva Novrup Redvall

· News, Seminars

We are delighted to welcome at the next session of the London Screenwriting Research Seminar on Thursday 21st of March Dr Eva Novrup Redvall from the University of Copenhagen who will be speaking on

“Writing and Producing Television Drama in Denmark: The Writing of Borgen”

Venue:  STB3/6 (Stewart House, basement Next to Senate House) Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. (nearest tube Russell Square).

Dr Eva Novrup Redvall is Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen. She has spent time observing the Writers Room for Borgen as part of a major research project into the Writing and Production of Television Drama Series from Danmarks Radio, with the support of The Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities (FKK)) This will be published in English as “Writing and Producing Television Drama in Denmark: From The Kingdom to The Killing” by Palgrave Macmillan later in 2013
She is also film critic for the daily Danish newspaper Information and part of the programming team for the Göteborg International Film Festival.

All welcome  -refreshments will be provided.

More information about London Screenwriting Research Seminar here.

Professor of screenwriting position open at Aalto

· News

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture has an open position for Professor of Practice in Screenwriting for Film and Television. This is a fixed term position for 5 years at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography (ELO Film School Helsinki), beginning on 1st of January 2014 or as agreed. Deadline for the applications is 16th of April 2013. Please see the whole advertisement here.

Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience. Created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland – the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki – Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multi-disciplinary education and research. The university has 20 000 students and a staff of 5 000 including 350 professors. Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture combines design, media, architecture, film, art education and art. More information: