Screenwriting Instructors

Screenwriting Instructors

Learn from these celebrated screenwriting instructors, including Robert McKee, Richard Walter and Jacob Krueger!

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Screenwriting Instructors
  • Phil Augusta Jackson, Emmy-nominated TV Writer

    Phil Augusta Jackson is an Emmy-nominated writer, actor and executive story editor known for his work on KEY & PEELE and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE.

  • Mark Bomback, Screenwriter

    Mark Bomback is one of Hollywood's most in-demand screenwriters known for crafting fresh and character-driven iterations of blockbuster franchises. His credits include LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, THE WOLVERINE, TOTAL RECALL, UNSTOPPABLE, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES.

  • Niceole Levy, TV Writer

    Niceole Levy is a television writer known for her work on NBC's IRONSIDE, NBC's ALLEGIANCE, NBC's THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA, and NBC's SHADES OF BLUE.

  • Scott Neustadter, Screenwriter

    Scott Neustadter is a acclaimed screenwriter and producer of (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, PAPER TOWNS and X-MEN: THE NEW MUTANTS.

  • Phyllis Nagy, Oscar-nominated Writer and Director

    Phyllis Nagy is an Oscar-nominated writer and director, known for CAROL, MRS. HARRIS and THE TRAP.

  • Jane Anderson, Emmy-winning TV Writer

    Jane Anderson is an Emmy-winning screenwriter and playwright whose credits include the acclaimed HBO miniseries OLIVE KITTERIDGE, THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO, and HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT.

  • Jerry Perzigan, TV Showrunner

    Jerry Perzigian has been a showrunner, writer, and producer on some of the most successful half-hour sitcoms in television history, which include SANFORD AND SON, THE GOLDEN GIRLS, FRASIER, THE NANNY, MARRIED... WITH CHILDREN, and MALCOM & EDDIE. PERZIGAN was nominated for three Emmys and won one...

  • Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa, Screenwriters

    Writing team Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa have been responsible for some of the most successful reinvigorations of iconic franchises. Their credits include JURASSIC WORLD, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and Disney's live-action MULAN.

  • Cathryn Humphris, TV Screenwriter

    Cathryn Humphris is a producer and WGA Award-winning writer known for her work on MAD MEN, ELEMENTARY, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, UNDER THE DOME, and SUPERNATURAL.

  • Bobby Moresco, Academy Award-winning Screenwriter

    Bobby Moresco is an Academy Award-winning writer, producer and director known for CRASH, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, and the acclaimed NBC series THE BLACK DONNELLYS. His latest project is a biopic of Ferruccio Lamborghini, starring Alec Baldwin and Antonio Banderas.

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Keys to Unlocking Hollywood Gatekeepers with Sandra Leviton

    Sandra Leviton, a Los Angeles based Producer with over eighteen years of experience in Film/ TV development and production, outlines strategies for identifying, connecting with and building rapport with Hollywood "gatekeepers" to develop high-level relationships and advance your career.


  • BAFTA-winning British Drama Screenwriting Instructor, John Yorke

    This video was filmed at the 2019 ScreenCraft Summit in Atlanta.

    John is Managing Director of Angel Station where he works as a drama producer, consultant and lecturer on all forms of storytelling. A former MD of Company Pictures where he Exec Produced WOLF HALL, he’s worked as both Head of Ch...

  • The Best Lesson I Ever Learned: "Be Yourself, Tell Your Story, No Matter What"

    This video was filmed at the 2019 ScreenCraft Summit in Atlanta.

    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...

  • Breaking Down a Script with Actors

    Jennifer Warren is an Actor and Director (THE BEANS OF EGYPT MAINE, PARTNERS IN CRIME) as well as Founding member and Chair, The Alliance of Women Directors and Professor of Directing at the University of Southern California. In this video she presents clear tools for Directors: how to break dow...

  • 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...

  • How to Get, Keep and Manage your Representation with Lee Jessup

    Lee Jessup is a career coach for emerging and professional screenwriters, best-selling author (Breaking In: Tales from the Screenwriting Trenches and Getting it Write: An Insider’s Guide to a Screenwriting Career) as well as consultant for the Universal Writers Program and NBC International.


  • Story Basics for Writing a Script That Sells with Jen Grisanti

    Jen Grisanti is an international speaker, author and entertainment career coach, the writing instructor for NBC’s Writers On The Verge, and a former studio executive, including serving as VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount.