Associate Professor Craig Batty is an award-winning educator, researcher and supervisor in the areas of screenwriting, creative writing and screen production.Craig has published over 60 books, book chapters, journal articles and creative works, as well as many industry articles, book reviews and interviews. He has worked on a variety of screen projects as a writer and script editor. He is currently Director of Higher Degrees by Research for the School of Media and Communication. In addition, Craig is Adjunct Professor at Central Queensland University, and Chair of the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA) Research Sub-Committee.
Craig has published over 60 books, book chapters, journal articles and creative practice research works, as well as many industry articles, book reviews and interviews. He has also guest edited 10 journal special issues. Craig has also worked on a variety of screen projects as a writer and script editor. He is currently Director of Higher Degrees by Research for the School of Media and Communication. In addition, Craig is Adjunct Professor at Central Queensland University and the University of Southern Queensland; Visiting Research Fellow at Bournemouth University; Chair of the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA) Research Sub-Committee; and co-editor of the Journal of Screenwriting.
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 of working as a writer, script editor and script consultant, Craig has written many articles on screenwriting, media writing and creative practice research for publications such as the Journal of Screenwriting, Journal of Media Practice, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Studies in Australasian Cinema, Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, Media Education Research Journal, Writing in Education and ScriptWriter Magazine.
He is author, co-author and editor of 11 books that span the academy and industry. These include: Screen Production Research: Creative Practice as a Mode of Enquiry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); 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); Media Writing: A Practical Introduction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010; 2016); and Writing for the Screen: Creative and Critical Approaches (2008; 2018).
Craig is interested in all areas of screenwriting – practice, theory, pedagogy – as well as the broader sphere of creative practice research, including doctoral education. He can offer expertise and consultancy in screenwriting craft, screenwriting pedagogy, creativity, narrative and storytelling, media writing, creative practice research and PhD supervision.
Craig currently supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students working in the areas of screenwriting, creative writing, media writing and filmmaking. He is an experienced research degree supervisor, winning several awards for his work in this space, including: the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Supervision Excellence (2017); an Australian Awards for University Teaching 'Citation' for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2016); the RMIT Award for Innovative Supervision (2016); and the RMIT Teaching Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Learning (2014). 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 has undertaken a variety of research fellowships in Australia and overseas, namely focussing on screenwriting and creative practice research. These include: Bond University; Central Queensland University; University of Southern Queensland; and Yokohama National University. He is Adjunct Professor at Central Queensland University and the University of Southern Queensland, and Visiting Research Fellow at Bournemouth University (UK).
Craig was Creative Practice Research Leader for the School of Media and Communication between 2013 and 2016. In this role he oversaw the creative research works produced by staff (and HDR candidates), which included input into the policies and procedures governing their recognition and reward as research outputs. This work was integral in the school's approach to strengthening its ERA submission.
- 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. He continues to undertake freelance script consultancy.
Craig has worked as a reviewer, assessor and judge in various academic and industry contexts. This has included work for: the Australian Writers' Guild; Melbourne Web Festival; British Film Institute; Australian Teachers of Media; Queensland Writers' Centre; NYC Midnight Screenwriting Challenge; and many book publishers and journal presses.
Craig currently sits on the Executive for both the Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA) and the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAW). He is co-editor of the Journal of Screenwriting, and is on the editorial board of Media Practice and Education, the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, and Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research.
- Batty, C.,Wilf, H. (2017). Look who's talking: Using transactional analysis in the writing of effective screenplay dialogue In: Dialogue Across Media, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam
- Tofler, M.,Batty, C. (2017). Not just for laughs: the role of the pilot in commissioning Australian television comedy series In: Comedy Studies, 8, 81 - 92
- Sempert, M.,Sawtell, L.,Murray, P.,Langley, S.,Batty, C. (2017). Methodologically speaking: innovative approaches to knowledge and text in creative writing research In: New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 14, 205 - 222
- Batty, C.,Glisovic, S. (2017). Screen Production Research Reporting: An ASPERA Scoping Report In: Australian Screen Production Education and Research Association (ASPERA) Sydney, Australia
- Batty, C.,Beaton, K.,Sculley, S.,Taylor, S. (2017). The screenwriting PhD: creative practice, critical theory and contributing to knowledge In: TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, , 1 - 17
- Batty, C.,Holbrook, A. (2017). Contributing to knowledge in creative writing research: What, where, how? In: TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, , 1 - 16
- 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, 13, 247 - 260
- 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
- Vine, J.,Batty, C.,Muir, R. (2016). A question of ethics: the challenges for journalism practice as a mode of research In: Journal of Media Practice, 17, 232 - 249
- Batty, C. (2016). The special place of fiction in creative practice research: a screenwriting approach In: Proceedings of the 2016 ASPERA Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia, 5 -7 July 2016
11 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions6 PhD Completions and 3 Masters by Research Completions