Write visually, create memorable characters and authentic dialogue, and produce a professional, polished script

Young ScreenwritersEARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT!  Book by December 15 and earn a $150 discount!

This one-week program is designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18.

The basis for any great film is a great story and turning a story into a screenplay is the important first step in filmmaking. This course is for teens who want to learn how screenplays are written and developed. It covers script formats, the writer's process, character development and story arcs. Students learn about writing visually and creating memorable characters and authentic dialogue. Students learn how to create a professional, polished script.

This workshop is a writer's lab and provides time for each student to develop ideas and write.

Students must bring story ideas to this workshop.


Combine the class with Advanced Young Screenwriters and join us for two weeks!  Combined tuition $2695


"This was a creative experience I was able to have with friends who have same passion as I do for media"
- Brandon Kamin, Newfield, NJ

"It was a great learning experience, I will forever use techniques I learned this week."
- Ben Pennell, Clifton Park, NY

"This class was amazing"
- Claire Albes, Kalamazoo, MI

About the Young Artists Program: Young Artists’ days are comprised of both classroom and field/location work: lectures and critiques, demonstrations, shooting, editing, writing, computer workflow and/or darkroom work, depending on the workshop. All instructors are talented industry professionals as well as experienced educators and each works with a teaching assistant, providing additional support for their class. The students are busy all day and into the mid-evening hours, attending presentations from visiting master faculty. All Young Artists reside at a nearby residence (a motel-style building, with four students to a room, gender specific, and private bath) located 3/4 of a mile from campus. The property is controlled by Maine Media Workshops and is used exclusively by students and their counselors. Students are shuttled to the main campus each morning for breakfast and to begin their day and are driven back at the end of the each day following their last class or other scheduled activity. All meals are taken together. Parents can indicate any special dietary needs upon registration. Counselors supervise the students 24 hours a day and help make group decisions about weekend activities like swimming, bowling and hiking. Coin laundry facilities are available on campus. A lobster dinner is served (there are other choices) on the last Friday night of each workshop and all Workshops students gather for an evening presentation of highlights from the week’s work. Parents are welcome to attend and meal tickets may be purchased in the Registration Office.

We recommend students have access to $75 over the week for incidentals, snacks, movies, field trips etc.

Check-in is on Sunday, between 3 and 6 PM and departure is on Saturday morning.

Tuition Note: includes room and board.


Wayne Beach

Wayne Beach has written screenplays for Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Sony, TNT, Fox 2000 Pictures, and Village Roadshow Pictures.  He has developed projects for the makers of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THE GREAT GATSBY, LAW & ORDER, THE FUGITIVE, SEVEN, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, PLATOON, THE MATRIX and THE PERFECT STORM. 

His screenplay credits include MURDER AT 1600 (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Alan Alda and Dennis Miller; and THE ART OF WAR (Warner Bros.) starring Wesley Snipes, Donald Sutherland and Anne Archer.   He wrote and directed SLOW BURN (Lionsgate) starring Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer, Jolene Blalock, Taye Diggs and Chiwetel Ejiofor.  The film was released in 1100 theaters in the U.S.

He recently finished an assignment adapting THE GARDEN OF BETRAYAL, a new novel by Lee Vance published by Knopf.   He is currently developing a television series, AMERICAN DREAM, for Sony and WGN America.  Shore Z Productions, producers of the hit series HOUSE M.D., is attached to produce.

Beach has taught screenwriting at Northwestern University and Bates College, where he is currently in his third year as guest faculty.   He leads screenwriting workshops at Maine Media Workshops and also serves on the MFA faculty of Maine Media College.  

Many of his former students have become successful writers, directors and producers working at the highest levels of film and television.   His screenwriting students have gone on to write hit movies and TV shows including FRIENDS, THE VOW, HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, BROTHERS & SISTERS, NEVER BEEN KISSED, VALENTINE’S DAY, GREEN LANTERN, DAWSON’S CREEK,  EVERWOOD, ARROW, REVENGE, POLITICAL ANIMALS, GCB, BEVERLY HILLS 90210, JACK & BOBBY, ROSWELL, and MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE.


© Mark Dawson

Course Dates

Jul 3 to Jul 9



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