Associate Professor, Screenwriting, RMIT University

Associate Professor Craig Batty is Director of Higher Degrees by Research for the School of Media and Communication, where he also teaches and researches screenwriting. He joined RMIT at the end of 2011, having spent eight years working at various universities in the UK, including two and a half years in The Media School at Bournemouth University. He gained his PhD in screenwriting from Bangor University in 2009. This was a creative practice research project that involved writing a feature film screenplay and an accompanying critical thesis.

Craig is a screenwriter, script editor and script consultant, and has worked on various short film, feature film, television and online drama projects. He has written numerous articles about screenwriting and media writing for publications such as Writing in Education, ScriptWriter Magazine, New Writing and the Journal of Screenwriting. He is the co-author of three books – Writing for the Screen: Creative and Critical Approaches (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), Media Writing: A Practical Introduction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and The Creative Screenwriter: Exercises to Expand Your Craft (Methuen, 2012) – and the author of two books – Movies that Move Us: Screenwriting and the Power of the Protagonist’s Journey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and Screenplays: How to Write and Sell Them (Kamera Books, 2012). He is currently co-writing two books on screenwriting genres, and editing a book on the contexts of screenwriting practice.


  • –present
    Creative Practice Research Leader, RMIT University


  • 2011 
    Bournemouth University, PG Certificate in Research Degree Supervision
  • 2009 
    Bangor University, PhD in Creative and Critical Writing (Screenwriting)
  • 2003 
    Bath Spa University, MA in Creative Writing
  • 2002 
    Southampton Institute, BA (Hons) in Media with Cultural Studies

Research Areas

  • Film, Television And Digital Media (1902)
  • Performing Arts And Creative Writing (1904)
  • Communication And Media Studies (2001)