Karen Jeynes - Tutor: Scriptwriting


Karen Jeynes Scriptwriting tutor

Karen Jeynes has won numerous awards and nominations for her co-writing of TV series - including two Emmy nominations for Best TV Comedy.

Karen is now the head writer for Both Worlds Productions, overseeing ZANews: Puppet Nation (winner of 22 SAFTAs, two WGSA awards for Best TV Comedy), as well as Point of Order (SAFTA winner for Best Game Show in 2017), Comedy Central News, and Parlement Parlement.

Before joining Both Worlds, Karen had extensive experience in theatre and television, both writing and producing. Her plays include the multi award-winning Everybody Else (is F*cking Perfect) (Best Comedy 2005), Kiss Kiss, I’ll Have What She’s Having, and Laying Blame, as well as Vaslav, nominated for 3 Fleur du Cap Awards. She served as head writer for 90 Plein Street, as well as writing for shows like Thabang Thabong, Vaya Mzansi, and Moferefere Lenyalong. She is in demand as a script consultant and advisor, working with local and international production companies and channels.

Her adaptation of Thomas Rapakgadi's The Purse is Mine aired on Bush Radio, and Safm has featured her series Office Hours co-written with Nkuli Sibeko, as well as the radio version of sky too big. Her teenage novels, Jacques Attack (co-authored with Nkuli Sibeko) and Flipside, co-authored with Eeshaam September, were released by New Africa Books. She has a children's story published in the anthology Metz and Bop and other stories.

She studied Drama and Linguistics at UCT, and obtained her Honours degree in The Art of Writing from UWC. She serves on the board of Women Playwrights International, and was the President of the International Centre for Women Playwrights for six years. She is obsessed with reality television, Good Omens, chaos theory and Nutella. You can find her on twitter @karenjeynes.

Karen has been on our staff for almost a decade, a hugely popular and respected mentor for emerging scriptwriters.