Dr Margaret McVeigh
Dr Margaret McVeigh is a writer and film academic with a diverse industry career in corporate communications, post-production and educational publishing in Australia and overseas. She is Acting Head of Screenwriting and Convenor of Contextual Studies at Griffith Film School. Her industry work includes roles as the Commissioning Editor for Wiley publishers and as a writer for the ABC’s Online Education Portal, ABC Splash.
In her research Margaret investigates, publishes, conducts workshops and creates in the areas of Creativity and the Creativity Process and Transnational Screenwriting and Filmmaking.
Margaret is passionate about exploring the importance of Creativity as an integral part of the education of emerging writers and filmmakers. Her academic qualifications delve deeply into narrative and storytelling and the processes of creativity and craft as they apply to screenwriting. Her PhD thesis, Mosaic Narrative: A Poetics of New Media Narrative was regarded by examiner, Professor Sean Cubitt, as “equivalent to the best international standards”. Her Master’s thesis, Work in Progress: The Writing of Shortchanged explored screenwriting and the creative process as she wrote the short feature, Shortchanged funded under Screen Queensland’s New Writers scheme. Margaret has also run workshops on Creativity and Screenwriting in Australia and in China and has addressed conferences in Australia and Europe on Screenwriting and the Creative Process. In the article “Can Creativity Be Taught?” Screen Education, Winter, 2014, Margaret published some of the core findings of her research. In the documentary, The Making of Away (co-directed with Dr Peter Hegedus) she showcased the creative process during the writing and production of the short film, Away (Van Eyken, 2014) made by Griffith Film School staff, industry personnel and Masters students. This research is further explored in her chapter, The Making of Away and the telling of a cinematic story, published in the book, Storying Humanity: Narratives of Culture and Society (Inter-disciplinary Press, 2015).
Margaret strongly believes in preparing her students to work in a global world. To this end she has presented her research into transnational screenwriting and filmmaking at conferences in Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America. She is currently co-editor of the book, Transcultural Screenwriting: Telling Stories for a Global World (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2017) in which she has contributed the chapter “Screenwriting San Frontieres: The writing of a transnational film and the key factors impacting on the creation of story in the film co-production scenario”.
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