Associate Professor Craig Batty is a writer and screenwriting academic. He has published over 50 books, chapters and articles, and has worked on various screen projects as a writer and script editor. He is currently also Creative Practice Research Leader for the School of Media and Communication.
Craig joined RMIT at the end of 2011, having spent eight years teaching and researching creative and media writing at various universities in the UK. He was awarded his PhD from Bangor University (Wales) in 2009 – the UK’s first screenwriting practice PhD, which involved the writing of a feature film and a critical thesis on screen character journeys.
Alongside his experiences working as a writer, script editor and script consultant on numerous screen projects, Craig has written many articles on screenwriting and media writing for publications such as the Journal of Screenwriting, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Studies in Australasian Cinema, the Media Education Research Journal, Writing in Education andScriptWriter Magazine.
He is author, co-author and editor of eight books that span the academy and industry. These include: Screenwriters and Screenwriting: Putting Practice into Context (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); Screenplays: How to Write and Sell Them (Kamera Books, 2012); The Creative Screenwriter: Exercises to Expand Your Craft (Methuen, 2012); Movies That Move Us: Screenwriting and the Power of the Protagonist’s Journey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); and Media Writing: A Practical Introduction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
Craig is interested in all areas of screenwriting – practice, theory, pedagogy – as well as the broader sphere of creative practice research, including research training. He can offer expertise and consultancy in screenwriting craft, screenwriting pedagogy, creativity, narrative and storytelling, media writing, creative practice research, and research degree supervision.
Craig currently supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students working in the areas of screenwriting, creative writing and media writing. He is an experienced supervisor, and in 2014 won an RMIT Teaching Award (Programs that Enhance Student Learning – Postgraduate Education) for the creative writing peer-to-peer group he runs for the School od Media and Communication. Craig is passionate about research degree supervision, and is keen to hear from both potential candidates and other supervisors wishing to conduct research in this area.
Craig is also currently Director of the Screen Cultures Research Group, which brings together researchers and practitioners working on projects relating to the screen. These include screen history, the screen industry, screenwriting and screen production, and the science of screens.
Since 2013 Craig has been Creative Practice Research Leader for the School of Media and Communication. In this role has a general oversight of the creative research works produced by staff (and to some extent, HDR candidates), which includes input into the policies and procedures governing their recognition and reward as research outputs.
- PG Certificate Research Degree Supervision, Bournemouth University, UK (2011)
- PhD Critical and Creative Writing (Screenwriting), Bangor University, UK (2009)
- MA Creative Writing, Bath Spa University College, UK (2003)
- BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies, Southampton Institute, UK (2002)
Craig stays connected with the industry and other training providers wherever he can. His research is mainly concerned with creative practice, and so he is always keen to maintain and improve links between the academy and industry.
Craig has worked as a reviewer, assessor and judge in various academic and industry contexts. This has included work for: the Australian Writers’ Guild; the Melbourne Web Festival; the British Film Institute; Australian Teachers of Media; the Queensland Writers’ Centre; the NYC Midnight Screenwriting Challenge; and many book and journal publishers.
Craig currently sits on the Higher Education Committee for the UK’s National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE); the editorial board for Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research; and both the Executive and Research Committee for the Australian Screen Production and Education Research Association (ASPERA).
- Batty, C.,Dyer, A.,Perkins, C.,Sita, J. (2016). Seeing animated worlds: Eye tracking and the spectator's experience of narrative In: Making Sense of Cinema: Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship, Bloomsbury Publishers, New York, United States
- Batty, C.,Berry, M. (2016). Constellations and connections: the playful space of the creative practice research degree In: Journal of Media Practice, 16, 181 - 194
- Batty, C. (2016). Screenwriting studies, screenwriting practice and the screenwriting manual In: New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, , 1 - 12
- Kerrigan, S.,Batty, C. (2016). Re-conceptualising screenwriting for the academy: the social, cultural and creative practice of developing a screenplay In: New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, , 1 - 15
- Batty, C. (2016). Collaboration, critique and a community of peers: the benefits of peer learning groups for screen production research degrees In: Studies in Australasian Cinema, 10, 1 - 17
- Glisovic, S.,Berkeley, L.,Batty, C. (2016). The problem of peer review in screen production: exploring issues and proposing solutions In: Studies in Australasian Cinema, , 1 - 15
- Batty, C.,Cain, S. (2016). Media Writing (revised edition), Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
- Batty, C.,McAulay, A. (2016). The academic screenplay: Approaching screenwriting as a research practice In: Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research, 2, 1 - 13
- Berry, M.,Batty, C. (2016). The stories of supervision: creative writing in a critical space In: New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, , 1 - 14
- Batty, C.,Sawtell, L.,Taylor, S. (2016). Thinking through the screenplay: The academy as a site for research-based script development In: Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 9, 149 - 162
12 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions3 PhD Completions and 3 Masters by Research Completions