SRN Conference 2016: change of venue to Leeds, UK

The venue for the 9th SRN international conference (2016) has been changed from Stockholm. The conference will now take place in Leeds, UK, hosted by Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds, in partnership with Leeds Trinity University.

The dates of the conference will remain the same, Thursday 8th September to Saturday 10th September 2016. Papers already accepted for the conference will be scheduled as before, with the only change being that delegates should travel to Leeds instead.

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Screenwriting Research Network: Call for Conferences

The Screenwriting Research Network is looking for proposals to host its international conferences in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

The Screenwriting Research Network ( is an international research network of scholars, reflective practitioners and practice-based researchers, interested in the conceptualisation of film, TV and other media narratives; or Screenwriting Studies, as it has become known. Membership is currently drawn from 30 countries worldwide and is growing strongly; it is up 35% on last year. There is strong representation from the USA, Europe and Australasia, with recent members also drawn from other countries, including Brazil, Portugal, Peru and South Korea.

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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.

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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.



News from Madison 2013

We are having a great Conference at Madison, thanks to JJ Murphy, Kelley Conway and all the staff of University of Wisconsin.

It is almost imposible to summarize all the interesting and wonderful presentations that have taken place during these days. To have a taste on what has been going on here, you can check the program.

But as usual, images can tell more than pure words. Here you can see some of the first pics (not in a great quality, I guess. The best ones are coming soon): SRN Flickr page.

Thanks to everybody! CSB

David Bordwell and the SRN Madison Conference

David Bordwell wrote a post about the WCFTR (Wisconsin Center for Feature and TV Research) and our upcoming conference, Screenwriting in a Global and Digital World, that will take place in August, 2013, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.


Here DB:

Speaking of research, our campus will be hosting a major conference that includes the WCFTR as a key component. The Screenwriting Research Network International is holding its annual gathering here on 20-22 August. I attended the Brussels SRNI conference two years ago and wrote about it here and here. I think it’s fair to say that a hell of a time was had by all. This is a stimulating bunch, and anyone interested in filmmaking would benefit from attending.

Keynote speakers this year are Larry Gross (48 Hrs, True Crime, We Don’t Live Here Anymore, Veronika Decides to Die), Jon Raymond (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meeks Cutoff , and several novels), and. . .  Kristin!

The scholars are no less stellar and include Kathryn Millard, Richard Neupert, Jill Nelmes, Steven Maras, Riikka Pelo, Eva Novrup Redvall, Nate Kohn, Ronald Geerts, Andy Horton, Ian Macdonald, and a great many more. Go here for a complete program. You will be impressed.

And here’s the link to the whole entry:

Thank you, David!

Poetics and Politics of Documentary Film, Research Symposium at the Aalto, Helsinki, Finland

The aim of the Poetics and Politics symposium is to strenghten dialogue between theory and practice in documentary film. We wish to promote a forum for discussions on the possibilities and approaches on practice-based research and theorizing that stems from artistic work. Filmmakers and scholars interested in conceptual approaches in documentary film are welcome to attend.

Vietnamese-American filmmaker and theorist Trinh T. Minh-ha will participate in the event and give a keynote lecture on Monday, April 22. On Tuesday morning, April 23, professor Brian Winston from the UK will give a second keynote.  The programme consists of 10 parallell sessions where filmmakers and academics present their work.  In addition, two recent documentary films are screened.

The conference fee is 85 euros and includes lunches, coffees and a get-together party on Monday evening. More information and instructions for registration are available on the

The symposium is organized by the Department of Film, Television and Scenography at Aalto University ARTS, Helsinki, Finland.