Film & TV Screenwriters

Film & TV Screenwriters

Learn from these celebrated Hollywood film and TV screenwriters, including Oscar-winners!

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Film & TV Screenwriters
  • How to Pitch for Film and TV, and The Difference Between the Two

    Monique Sorgen is a Writer, Director, and Consultant (Comedy Central, VH1 and ABC) as well as Instructor on Writing, Pitching for University of California, Los Angeles Extension.

  • Elements of a Dramatic Scene

    David Howard is an award-winning Screenwriter, Television Writer and Author of "The Tools of Screenwriting," and "How to Build a Great Screenplay" and Professor of Screenwriting, University of Southern California. In this video he breaks down the elements of a dramatic scene.

  • Writing the Television Drama

    Pamela Douglas, a Humanitas, Emmy, Writers Guild award-winning writer, is also Professor of Screen and Television Writing at the University of Southern California. She is the author of "Writing the TV Drama Series", now in its fourth edition.

    In this class, she breaks-down the fundamentals a...

  • Securing Distribution for Your Film

    Accomplished Producer, Writer, and Actor Alexandra Boylan (WISH FOR CHRISTMAS, CATCHING FAITH, AT YOUR OWN RISK) has made four feature films, all have been distributed with professional distribution entities in the USA and internationally, and sold in major retailers such as Walmart.

    Indepe...

  • The 11 Fundamental Questions, with Aaron Mendelsohn

    Aaron Mendelsohn is co-creator and writer, Disney’s AIR BUD franchise, screenwriter and television writer for Fox, New Line, ABC, Warner Bros, Apple and more. He is Professor of Screenwriting at Loyola-Marymount University
    and Secretary-Treasurer of the Writers Guild of America West.

    "The 1...

  • Jesse Atlas, Filmmaker

    Jesse Atlas is a quickly emerging writer-director, known for crafting high-concept, emotionally grounded genre thrillers.

    Jesse’s short film, the sci-fi love story RECORD/PLAY, exploded onto the festival circuit with screenings at Sundance, LA Film Festival, HBO/Urbanworld and Fantastic Fest, ...

  • Marcus Sakey, Author

    Marcus Sakey is an award-winning novelist whose series Brilliance has sold over 1 million copies, and who has optioned his work to Imagine Entertainment.

  • Fatimah Asghar, Actress / Writer / Producer

    Poet, screenwriter, educator, and performer Fatimah Asghar is a Pakistani, Kashmiri, Muslim American writer. Fatimah Asghar is the author of the poetry collection If They Should Come for Us (One World/Random House, forthcoming 2018) and the chapbook After (Yes Yes Books, 2015).
    She is also the w...

  • Kira Snyder, Film and TV Writer / Producer

    Kira Snyder is a writer and producer, best known for her work on The CW series THE 100, and THE HANDMAID’S TALE. She was one of the screenwriter’s for Steven S. DeKnight’s PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING.

    Kira Snyder has worked as the co-producer of THE 100 for three seasons and wrote five episodes for ...

  • Barbara Stepansky, WGA Award-winning Screenwriter

    Barbara Stepansky recently won a WGA Award for Best Original Long Form for her TV movie FLINT. She is also a 2013 Nicholl Fellow and an award-winning independent feature film director. Her work was shortlisted for the Academy Awards, garnered the DGA Diversity Award and the Student Emmy. She is t...

  • Cinco Paul, Screenwriter

    Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio have been collaborating since 1999. To get noticed, they used to sing story pitches to film producers. Although not always successful, this strategy resulted in several produced films, including BUBBLE BOY (2001) and COLLEGE ROAD TRIP (2008).

    They were personally chos...

  • Peter Chiarelli, Screenwriter / Producer / Executive

    Peter Chiarelli graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle and went on to earn a Master’s degree from the Peter Stark Producing program at the University of Southern California. He began his film career at DreamWorks and during that time, he produced the short film TERRY TATE OFFICE L...

  • Elgin James, Director, Screenwriter and Television Writer

    Elgin James is co-creator of MAYANS M.C for Fox’s FX network, alongside legendary screenwriter and showrunner, Kurt Sutter. Both are producing and James is credited with writing the pilot.

    Homeless as a teenager, Elgin James was a fixture in Boston’s hardcore punk scene, helping found a multi-...

  • Hannah MacPherson, Writer / Director

    Hannah Macpherson was born in Albuquerque New Mexico and studied Film Production at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She attended the UCLA Professional Program in Writing for Television in 2014. She created, wrote and directed the edgy teen thriller series [email protected] for AwesomenessTV. S...

  • Jim Rash, Oscar-winning Screenwriter / Actor / Director / Producer

    Jim Rash is an actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter, and director. He is known for playing Dean Craig Pelton on the beloved NBC/Yahoo! sitcom COMMUNITY. In 2012, he received a Golden Globe nomination and subsequently won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film THE DESCENDANTS...

  • Lamar Woods, Writer / Actor / Producer

    Lamar Woods is a comedic writer-actor from Atlanta, GA. He moved to Los Angeles, where he was awarded a full scholarship at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) through their diversity initiative. Lamar can be seen in sketch group “White Women”–the first all-black, all-male sketch team at the UCB t...

  • Britta Lundin, Television Writer / Author

    Britta Lundin is a TV writer, novelist, and comic book writer. She writes on the show RIVERDALE on the CW. Her young adult novel SHIP IT, about fanfiction, Comic-Con, and wanting more from the TV shows you love is out now from Freeform Books. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives w...

  • Matt Spicer, Independent Spirit Award Winning Writer / Director

    MATT SPICER studied filmmaking at the USC School of Cinema/Television Production. In 2007, his first script, THE ORNATE ANATOMY OF LIVING THINGS, co-written by Max Winkler, landed on The Black List and was optioned by Fox Searchlight. At the age of 25, he produced his first feature film, CEREMONY...

  • Ben Cory Jones, Television Writer / Producer

    Ben produced a feature film, STEP SISTERS, along with his producing partner, Lena Waithe, starring Megalyn Echikunwoke and Naturi Naughton, which is currently streaming on Netflix. Ben also created and wrote a drama series, CANDY, about a young, African American female mayor, set in his hometown ...

  • David Branson Smith, Screenwriter

    David Branson Smith was born in New York City in 1984. He began his career working for Mike White on HBO’s ENLIGHTENED, and is the co-writer of two feature films: 2018’s ADRIFT, starring Shailene Woodley, and INGRID GOES WEST, starring Aubrey Plaza, which won the 2017 Waldo Salt Screenwriting Aw...

  • Reggie Bythewood, Writer / Director / Actor

    Reggie Rock Bythewood grew up in the Bronx, NY. He attended the High School of Performing Arts and received a BFA in theater from Marymount Manhattan College. As a teen, he acted in the soap opera ANOTHER WORLD alongside Morgan Freeman and Joe Morton. After acting in the John Sayles film THE BROT...

  • James Ponsoldt, Writer / Director

    James Ponsoldt is from Athens, Georgia. His films include THE END OF THE TOUR, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, SMASHED, THE CIRCLE, and OFF THE BLACK (and have won awards at the Independent Spirit Awards, Sundance, and been honored by the National Board of Review). He directed the pilot and was an Executive...

  • Eric Haywood, Screenwriter / Director

    He began his career as a music video director while still enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Filmmaking. After relocating to Atlanta, Eric went on to direct and produce videos featuring such artists as Usher, Cee-Lo Green, Outkast, New ...

  • Wendy Calhoun, TV Writer / Showrunner / Producer

    Wendy Calhoun is a writer and Consulting Producer for STATION 19, the GREY’S ANATOMY firefighter spin-off for Shondaland and ABC. Her past credits include Co-Executive Producing and writing the historic first season of Fox’s hit series EMPIRE. In addition, she’s written and produced for ABC’S NA...