David Brechin-Smith (Scriptwriting, 2015)

The best thing about it was simply that Ken Duncum and the class pushed me to write better.

David writes: 'I'd thought about applying for the MA in Scriptwriting for a few years, and I knew people who'd done it and raved about it. I finally applied and was very pleased to be accepted. I expected a challenging and rigorous course and that’s what I got. I learned more about writing than I thought I would and came away with writing tools that will serve me for as long as I write. The best thing about it was simply that Ken and the class pushed me to write better. It was a year well spent, and I'm proud of what I achieved.

Bio: David is an award-winning screenwriter whose career spans television drama and comedy, documentary and film. He has won awards for best television drama script, and has worked on series that have won best drama awards and sold internationally.

His television series credits include Lovebites, The Strip, The Cult, The Insiders Guide to Happiness and The Insiders Guide to Love. He was a writer on the international children’s series Paradise Café, and he created and wrote the award-winning drama series The Hothouse. He also wrote the groundbreaking World War One documentary series War News and co-wrote the feature film The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell.

He received the 2015 David Carson-Parker Embassy Prize in Scriptwriting.

More recently he created and co-produced the web series He Paki Taonga i a Māui and wrote caper film Lowdown Dirty Criminals. Since getting his MA, David has led Te Papa's Writing Team, and is now the Screen Production Tutor at Whitireia Polytechnic.

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