Writing the Feature

Cornerstone screenwriting course

Go from a kernel of an idea to a full-length script. Experience first-hand how professional screenwriters develop compelling stories and craft screenplays that sell.

Advanced study


What can you expect?

Professor Warren

Concise, effective video lessons

John is a professor at NYU Tisch with decades of professional screenwriting experience. Each video lesson will be concise, high-quality, and packed with actionable guidance.

Self-Paced Learning

walkthrough to complete draft

Writing the Feature is entirely self-paced with no deadlines. But, when you're hired to write a screenplay, you'll usually be given 14 weeks to complete it. We'll show you how to deliver.

Personal Feedback

Get Professional Notes

Our Feedback Team is made up exclusively of professional screenwriters who know John personally. When you complete any written assignment, you can submit it for notes.


Course Objectives & Outcomes


Develop your idea

Go through exercises to build your world, characters, and conflict.


Craft irresistible pitch materials

Craft a logline and treatment that leaves people wanting more.


Make it produceable

Get tips for developing a produceable script with an indie budget.


Break your story

See how professional writers construct every beat of their script.


Get into the nitty-gritty

Juggle B-plots, complex characters, strong dialogue, and more.


Write your feature

Master the art of capturing readers with a tight, marketable script.



Do I need any prior screenwriting experience?

No! While this is an advanced course and we will walk you through techniques used by professional screenwriters, John makes all of the material accessible to anyone who has a story they want to tell.

You might find it helpful to check out our free course, Writing the Short, to familiarize yourself with basic storytelling and screenwriting principles before Writing the Feature is released early this summer.

Will I learn to write (x) genre or for (Y) Budget?

John will address every major genre, and the screenwriting lessons will be applicable to a movie of any budget. You can write a horror indie with only one location, or the next big animated musical.

That said, we want to help you write a film you could see produced. So, to keep your script produceable, every single lesson will also identify key guidelines for staying within a marketable budget.

What if I change my mind or don't like the course?

Once you have access to Writing the Feature, you will have 14 days to check it out and see if it's for you. If you're not satisfied, we will be happy to issue you a full refund.

I have a question that's not listed here.

Email our program director, Alexie, at alexie@youngscreenwriters.com. She'd be happy to answer your questions!


What Our Students Say

The best part of this course is that it leads you through the entire process of writing a feature screenplay, and never once did I feel lost or alone. The entire teaching team are mentors as well as cheerleaders, and will send you off feeling hopeful, successful, and with a comprehensive drawer of tools to create your own impactful stories.

Theo Luoma

Writing the Feature

I've read numerous books on screenwriting and watched hundreds of videos on YouTube, elsewhere, about the process of screenwriting. Additionally, I've listened to many interviews by either established or famous writers and directors and producers. While they were helpful, nothing compares to this Writing the Feature course.

Abdullah H. Erakat

Writing the Feature

Professor Warren, Alexie, and Adam provide the most valuable education in screenwriting and the industry in these courses. You learn to look at your stories with different eyes and create the elements that make a screenplay successful. This experience is worth so much more than the price you pay.

Anna Tierney

Writing the Feature

I tend to overthink my writing and need to be focused, this class helped with that. Having a task to do every week kept me moving forward and focused on my idea. The feedback from the team helped me to see what need to work on and become confident that I was getting better every day.


Writing the Short

We all have a story that demands to be told.


Obtain the tools and guidance to put your story on the page.


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