Wellington: Power, Gender and New Story Structures Workshop with Stephen Cleary

“This workshop honestly transformed my thinking about storytelling structures and opened up new possibilities in exciting and practical ways. It incorporated both big ideas thinking and also specific craft tools, which I will begin to use immediately in my writing. The workshop was rich in content and spoke well to many levels, including experienced, working screenwriters. ”  – 2019 Melbourne Workshop Participant

We are excited to be bringing script guru Stephen Cleary to New Zealand to present this brilliant 2-day workshop in Auckland and Wellington.

Split into single-gender groups, people tell stories differently. Men often tell stories with all-male characters. Women rarely tell stories with all-female characters. Women together tend to maintain a theme across their stories. Men don’t. Women talk less. Men reveal less about themselves.

Gender variations within storytelling matter. Our understanding of screenwriting mostly comes from work done by men trying to figure out how the stories they told worked. The vast majority of those stories centred on male characters who were powerful or had access to power.

This workshop is about characters who aren’t male and powerful. How do you dramatise their stories, those characters, to make them compulsive? How do you tell stories about people who struggle for power, or who will never have power? Does power work differently for male and female characters (answer: yes)? How? Come to this workshop and find out, and with any luck change how you think about story structure, forever.



7 – 8 NOV 2019

Venue:  Hunter Building Lecture Theatre 119 (HULT119),
Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Wellington

Cost: $250 (+ GST). Tickets available via Eventbrite.

What to Bring: Pen and paper. Morning and afternoon tea will be provided. BYO Lunch.

Prepare for the Workshop: Links to Films and series that will be referenced during the lab are available here.

Presented in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington.




Stephen Cleary is available to do a limited number of assessments while he is in Auckland. To be eligible for one of these assessments you must have booked your ticket to the Power, Gender and New Story Structures workshop and register for an assessment by Friday 22 Nov, 9am.

You will get a one-on-one 90-minute meeting and 2 pages of notes. The script assessment fee is $500 +gst.

If you would like a TV series assessed, Stephen will need either the first episode script plus outline of the rest of the season and an overview of the project, or a synopsis of the story overall and a breakdown of episodes.  Each spot is not actually reserved until payment is received.

Payment details:

Account Name: Script to Screen – Te Tari Kupu A Whakaahua
Account Number: 03 0255 0178775-00
Reference: Cleary90min – Your Name




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