Working Groups

A number of working groups are being established by SRN members in order to develop networking, exchanges and events relating to specific expertise and interests.

Please be in touch with the contact person identified for each group if you wish to become involved.



This working group is a place for members who are involved in practice based/led research around the screenplay to share experience, methodology and approaches. As academic forums develop for creative practice films, the screenplay, continues to be rarely published or seen; it occupies a liminal status somewhere between screen studies and creative writing studies – something else we can debate. We also intend to develop a resource of academic journals and non-academic publications that are interested in research screenplay outputs.

There is a closed Facebook group to facilitate discussion through the year between the annual conferences which can be found here:

To join the working group contact: Max Gee at



This group focuses on teaching the art and craft of writing for the screen and explores how culture, tradition, and philosophical preferences shape education in screenwriting worldwide. As a working group, we want to declare both a practical aim and a conceptual curiosity on exploring, expanding, and evolving how we look at screenwriting teaching.

The comparative take is an invitation to a forum where no tradition is considered more valuable than others, and dominant practices are analysed and considered as the result of historical conditions, not the mark of intrinsic excellence.

Comparative analysis, debates, examples, projects, new methods, and studies are welcome in an attempt to look at screenwriting from micro and macro perspectives, from the corners and the centre, in that essential topics such as the teaching of structure, dialogue, and character are welcome alongside debates and examples of alternative dramaturgy, adaptation, and hybrid methodologies.

Read the latest on their Comparative Screenwriting Teaching blog here (under construction).

The Comparative Screenwriting working group now has its own Youtube channel too, which can be accessed here.

Led by: Dr. Romana Turina

To join the working group contact: Romana Turina at


Reach us directly via the Facebook group:






Join in the 4th Creative Play Working Group Seminar on 1st May. Contact Chris Neilan for more details.

This working group provides a space for SRN members to develop and refine practical screenwriting exercises that they can use as in-class activities with their students, and, equally importantly, a much-needed space for over-worked educators to play with their own creativity, allowing that play to inform and, hopefully, reinvigorate the way we teach.  Each monthly session is led by a different SRN member – that member delivers 30mins of creative screenwriting exercises which other participants complete, seeing the student-eye view of creative practice exercises and claiming a space for their own creativity.  In the remaining 30mins participants give feedback to the session leader about their activities, making suggestions for refinements or alternatives and discussing best practice.  In the process, participants grow their portfolio of creative exercises, experience the student’s role in those exercises, and discover 30mins of playful creativity – something which we often make sure to provide for students but which is too rarely prioritised for academics and educators.

To join the working group contact Chris Neilan at