Writing for Stage and Screen


20-22 Jan, 2021


3 days


Cost per Person


Early bird cost pp

1,000 (Early Bird)

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Aotearoa screen and stage writer Duncan Sarkies (Scarfies, Flight of the Conchords and What We Do in the Shadows) has created a workshop that will be helpful to writers of any medium. 

Practically, this workshop will involve writing scenes, scenes and more scenes, all with a view to opening worlds of possibilities that could inform or become your next piece of work. There will be a lot of written exercises and a lot of ‘on your feet’ exercises. The workshop will culminate in some performances of some of the material created over the three day period.

This is a good place for actors who are looking to diversify or further develop their writing skills, established writers who want new inspiration or new writers wanting a solid starting base, come along with a blank canvas and an open mind, and expect to leave with an overabundance of ideas for future works.

cancellation policy

All workshops are run subject to demand and Toi Whakaari reserves the right to alter dates, times and venue of the course for reasons beyond our control.

Toi Whakaari cancellation of the workshop due to pandemic level 3 or 4 will result in a full refund. Participant cancellation due to sickness with a Doctor’s certificate will result in a full refund.

Participant cancellation without a Doctor’s certificate and within 2 weeks of the workshop will result in a 50% refund, or the choice to transfer to another workshop later in the year.


Duncan Sarkies is a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, performer and short story writer. In New Zealand he is possibly best known for co-writing the hit black comedy Scarfies. He wrote two episodes for the HBO TV series Flight of the Conchords and an episode of What We Do In The Shadows for FX.

His debut novel Two Little Boys was published in 2008 to rave reviews, and was brought to life as a motion picture directed by Robert Sarkies in 2012. His second novel, The Demolition of The Century, was released in 2013 year through John Murray Publishers, and is currently in development as a film project.

He has recently written and directed The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium, an epic podcast radio series for Stitcher. The series is a collaboration with comedian Jemaine Clement, illustrator Stephen Templer and musician Lawrence Arabia. It received rave reviews from The Guardian and the LA Times; and is now in development for a major US network – with Duncan as a showrunner.