New Executive Council

Three new members were elected to the Executive Council at the 8th SRN conference in London, 2015.

The six members of the council and their roles are:

Claus Tieber (Chairperson)
Kerstin Stutterheim (Deputy Chairperson)
Adam Ganz (Treasurer)
Kirsi Rinne (Membership)
Ian MacDonald (Secretary)
Virginia Pitts (Communication)

To read about the Executive Council members, click here.

SRN Conference in Chile “Transnational Screenwriting: A Dialogue between Scholars and Industry”

The SRN Special Conference in ChileTransnational Screenwriting: A Dialogue between Scholars and Industry” took place in Santiago, hosted by Universidad de los Andes, from the 7th to the 9th of May 2015. With 25 presentations and an Industry Panel about the Latin America Film and TV Industry, the Conference has been a great opportunity to have a dialogue between practitioners and scholars about screenwriting and the transnational and transcultural phenomena.

The group SRN conference uandes

London Screenwriting Research Seminar

The London Screenwriting Research Seminar has been established by a group of academics at Royal Holloway University of London and elsewhere in the London region, associated with the newly launched Journal of Screenwriting and the Screenwriting Research Network. Founder members include Adam Ganz, Sue Clayton and Barry Langford (all Royal Holloway), Jill Nelmes (University of East London) editor of the Journal of Screenwriting and Analysing the Screenplay, Rosamund Davies (University of Greenwich) and Stephen Price (University of Bangor).

The seminar explores the study of the screenplay and the practice of screenwriting as an academic discipline and object of scholarly enquiry. We explore the nature of writing for the moving image in the broadest sense, from a broad range of possible methodologies and approaches, considering in particular: the history and poetics of the form, contextual analysis, the process of writing for the moving image, and the relationship of word and image in the production process.

There are some podcasts available.

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New Book – ‘Screenwriting Poetics and the Screen Idea’

IanMacdonald_bookIan Macdonald, co-founder of the SRN, has published a new book: ‘Screenwriting Poetics and the Screen Idea‘, Palgrave Macmillan.

This is a new and original investigation into how screenwriting works, applying a range of film, media and creative theories to the study and research of screenwriting.  It includes three new, original case studies: story development in the successful ITV soap Emmerdale, the silent film work of Hitchcock’s first major screenwriter Eliot Stannard (‘exemplary scholarship’ says Emeritus Professor Charles Barr), and on David Lean’s last, unfinished ‘magnum opus’, Nostromo.
SRN members can get 20% off this publication. Quote ‘XP356ED’ when ordering the book directly from Palgrave Macmillan to claim your discount.

US members should order it here:

And UK members here:

This is the first title in the new Palgrave Studies in Screenwriting book series. Further titles will be published in December, and in the New Year. More information on these to follow.
The wonderful photo of the cover has to be credited to Dan Bush © 2006. Hope you enjoy the book.

New Executive Council of the SRN

At the Annual General Meeting which took place in Madison the 22nd August 2013, there were elections for three positions on the Executive Council. New members are Ronald Geerts, who teaches theatre and film studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and screenwriting at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and  Claus Tieber, lecturer at the University of Vienna, Austria. Carmen Sofia Brenes, professor of poetics and screenwriting at University of los Andes, Santiago, Chile, was re-elected.

The other members of the EC are Kirsi Rinne, who works as a research coordinator at the Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture;  Kerstin Stutterheim, professor of dramaturgy and aesthetics and vice-dean at Hochshule für Film und Fernsehen “Konrad Wolf” in Germany, and Adam Ganz, senior lecturer at the Royal Holloway University of London, Department of Media Arts.

Stutterheim, Rinne, Geerts, BrenesGanz and Stutterheim

After the Conference: (Up) Kerstin, Kirsi, Ronald and Carmen Sofia. (Down) Adam and Kerstin.



Claus sent his photo by mail. He could not come to Madison.