The Screenwriting Research Network is a research group consisting of scholars, reflective practitioners, and practice-based researchers interested in research on screenwriting. The aim is to rethink the screenplay in relation to its histories, theories, values, and creative practices.

The network commenced in 2006 within the Louis Le Prince Research Centre, at the University of Leeds.

During the last fourteen years, the network has grown rapidly. Yearly conferences have attracted a growing number of people around the world to share experiences and discuss the problematics of screenwriting research.

The conferences have taken place in Leeds (2008), Helsinki (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Brussels (2011), Sydney (2012), Madison, Wisconsin (USA) (2013) Potsdam-Babelsberg (2014), London (2015), Leeds (2016), Dunedin, NZ, (2017), Milan (2018), Porto (2019), online in Oxford (2021), Vienna (2022), and Columbia, Missouri (USA) (2023). The 16th international, in-person conference is scheduled to take place on 11 – 14 September 2024 in Olomouc (Czech Republic). The conference website can be accessed here.

In May 2015, the SRN also widened the geographic spread of its conferences to Latin America, with a Special Conference in Santiago, Chile. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 13th SRN Annual Conference, originally due to take place in 2020 in Oxford (UK), was replaced by the SRN2021 Seminar Series Online, still based in Oxford.


Working Groups Update

The Executive Council invited the active Working Group leaders to our March meeting to update us on their achievements and to offer our support. Here is a photograph of participants at the meeting, held on 19th March 2024.

L to R, Top to Bottom: Rosanne Welch (Chair); Rose Ferrell (Web Coordinator); Romana Turina (Working Group Coordinator)

Anna Weinstein (Secretary); Jan Cernik (Newsletter Coordinator); Chris Neilan (Working Group Coordinator)

Max Gee (Working Group Coordinator); Isadora Garcia-Avis (Membership and Inclusion Coordinator); Clarissa Miranda (Early Career Researcher Representative)

Information about our Working Groups is included here.

The latest Seminar run by the Comparative Screenwriting Working Group (Romana Turina) is available here.