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

Coming early summer 2020!


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.


Why Pre-order?

build a better course

help us kickstart this project!

John and the Young Screenwriters team have decades of screenwriting experience. With your support, we can elevate and expand our courses with higher production value.

get 30% off

Get Writing the Feature for only $67

When Writing the Feature hits virtual shelves this summer, it will be $97. If you pre-order before June 1, you will get access to the entire course for just $67—more than 30% off.

Commit yourself

Decide today that you will write your story.

Writing a feature is no small decision. But if it's something you've always had in the back of your mind, make the decision now so nothing stops you from achieving your goal.



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

Participating in the Young Screenwriters course is an invaluable experience. It kept me accountable to myself and to the course at every stage. I learned how to think about the structure of my stories in a different way that has made me a better writer. I am looking forward to participating in future courses!

Anna Tierney

Writing the Short

John's years of experience as both a professional writer and leading professor are condensed into informative videos that explain to the novice as well as the seasoned writer all aspects of screenwriting. His notes on pitching were particularly helpful. Great teacher and a great class.

Stephen T. Hoover

Writing the Short

John is an excellent communicator with years of insider info from laboring in the film industry that he generously shares. You breeze through the course material quickly and effortlessly, feeling energized. The course is excellent and useful for the young or young-at-heart, any age really.

Norman Kaufman

Writing the Short

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.


Reserve your spot in Writing the Feature today to save 30% and obtain the tools and guidance to put your story on the page.


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