Call for Papers: Screenwriting in a Global and Digital World

Screenwriting in a Global and Digital World

6th Screenwriting Research Network International Conference

August 20 – 22, 2013
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

From the SNR website:

This is a call for papers for the annual international conference on screenwriting research, this year organized by the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

The key theme of this next conference is “Screenwriting in a Digital and Global World.” This speaks to the complex and changing nature of screenwriting as a result of both digital technology and globalisation. The conference hopes to raise questions about past, current, and future creative practices in scripting in various forms of media, both old and new.

The conference is interested in all types of research related to screenwriting in its many forms. We would like to invite abstracts for research presentations on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Cross-cultural collaboration in screenwriting
  • Screenwriting traditions in different national contexts
  • Screenwriting and transnationalism
  • Screenwriting and the pressures of globalization
  • Industry changes in the digital age and what it means for writers of film and television
  • Transmedia storytelling — “world building” and constructing narratives that reach across multiple platforms
  • Writing for online video as a new genre and profession
  • The history of screenwriting around the globe, including Hollywood
  • Questions of authorship in highly collaborative digital media projects
  • Database narratives and interactive, non-linear storytelling
  • Writing for games (including video games and ARGs)
  • Theorising and analysing screenwriting software
  • Screenwriting archival research
  • Theorising screenwriting and the screenplay
  • Reflections on narrative theory and dramaturgy
  • Practice-based research
  • Case studies on individual writers or texts
  • Genre-orientated considerations of screenwriting and the screenplay
  • Adaptation in moving image screen works
  • The role of writing in non-fiction film, television, and other forms of media
  • Screenwriting for animation
  • Writing for episodic television
  • Screenwriting in independent cinema
  • Alternative forms of scripting

Call for Papers

Time allotted to each paper is 20 minutes plus discussion. Abstracts (250-300 words) may be submitted until January 1, 2013.  Earlier submissions are welcome. Please remember to state your name, affiliation and contact information. Include a brief statement (100 words) detailing your publications and/or screenwriting practice.

Please send your abstract as a WORD document, with the email subject heading “SRN Conference Abstract” to:

For further information, please contact J. J. Murphy, or Kelley Conway, at Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, USA.

Find out more on the conference website



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