“Screenwriting between Artistic Freedom and Norms”
Call for papers
The 9th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference will take place in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th September 2016.
The conference will focus on Screenwriting between Artistic Freedom and Norms. The conference wants to examine these rules, norms and conventions – the frameworks in which screenwriters work. We want to discuss the history as well as the ongoing discourse about manuals, the role and function of rules within teaching screenwriting, as well as the rules of certain genres and media.
We invite discussion about screenwriting as an art between artistic freedom and norms.
We are particularly interested in abstracts for presentations on the following topics:
• The history and functions of manuals
• Teaching rules or teaching creativity?
• Different screenwriting practices and formats
• National traditions of screenwriting and storytelling
• Reflections on narrative theory and dramaturgy
• Screenwriting and literature, adapting novels into scripts
• The rules of genre writing
• Censorship and screenwriting
We would also like to invite abstracts for presentations beyond the theme of the conference. We are looking forward to abstracts that cover the wide field of screenwriting studies, including, but not limited to the following topics:
• Artistic research in the field of screenwriting for moving images
• Artistic research in the field of screenwriting for media performance
• Practice based research in the field of screenwriting and dramaturgy
• Writing for episodic television
• Case studies on individual writers or texts
• Historical perspectives on screenwriting and screenplays
• Screenwriting, the screenplay and different production structures
• Screenwriting and narrative theory in writing for short films
• Screenwriting for television, games and animation
• Screenwriting for new media forms, online, transmedia, etc.
• How does industry changes in the digital age affect screenwriters?
Individual abstracts, proposals for constituted panels or workshops:
Abstracts for original paper presentations may be submitted until 15 March 2016. Earlier submissions are welcome. Original paper presentations only (no repetitions from other conferences or former SRN conferences).
Proposals for constituted panels should include three to four presentations, the overall issue of the panel, abstracts for all of the presentations and, if possible, the name and a short biography of the chair of the panel. The chair should not be one of the presenters. If a proposal for a panel does not include a chair, the conference committee will appoint one. Proposals for panels have an earlier deadline so that those on a rejected panel can apply individually.
Please send abstracts (250-300 words) as word or pdf document, with the email subject heading “SRN Conference abstract” to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to state your name, affiliation and contact information. Also include a brief biographical statement (100 words) detailing your publications and/or screenwriting practice.
We also invite screenwriting workshops. Please submit your proposal on one page (250-300 words) with the title and summary of the workshop (including proposed duration), technical and space requirements and a brief biography of the workshop convenor(s).
Proposals for constituted panels and workshops may be submitted until 15 February 2016.Please send proposals as a word or pdf document, with the email subject heading “SRN Conference workshop” to: email@example.com
We aim to let you know by 29 February 2016 if your proposal for panels or workshops has been accepted.
We aim to let you know by latest 15 April 2016 if your paper has been accepted.
Information about the 9th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference:
The 9th Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) International Conference will take place at Stockholm University of Arts and the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th September 2016.
A welcome reception will be held Wednesday night at the Swedish Film Institute.
It is organised by a committee from different institutions:
Screenwriting Research Network
Stockholm University of Arts
Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts
Swedish Film Institute
Swedish television drama department
Stockholm University Film research department
Creative Europe Desk
The conference will take place in Östermalm, the East Northern part of Stockholm, near the Royal Djurgården. See maps here.
The SRN Conference website and the keynote speakers will be announced at uniarts.se early in 2016.
BEST WESTERN Hotel Karlaplan offers the SRN members a flat race price of 1350 SKR/night. Breakfast and free wifi is included. You can see the convenient location of the hotel on the map. Link to the hotel’s website:
If you have any questions about the 9th SRN conference please send an email to Louise Lindbom: