Mr. Benest has taught for many years at The American Film Institute and UCLA Extension, with numerous credits in film and television, including:

Hungry Hearts,” an independent film he wrote and produced, as well as two films he scripted for renowned horror director, Wes Craven:

Deadly Blessing and Summer of Fear.



The Great Turkey Town Miracle, co-written by Glenn’s client, Steve Dini, along with Joren Christensen is scheduled for principal photography on November 22nd, 2022, produced by Bridge and Acorn Entertainment.

The Highwayman by Dale Pitman and Glenn Benest has been optioned by Voyage Media. Producer:  Garrick Dion. Credits include Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal and many more. Screenplay nominated Best Original Screenplay at Hollywood Blood Horror Festival and Best Horror Screenplay at ADBHOOTURE Film Festival and Oregon Screams Film Festival.

Best Original Screenplay Award

Oregon Screams Film Festival

Adbhooture Film Festival Award

AVALON” by John Staley from the Tuesday night group just received literary representation.

“GRIMM’S HEROES” by Tammy Roussin has been optioned by Patriot Pictures.

“LONELINESS” by Vittoria Colonna has been accepted for development and financing by the Irish Film Board.

“BIPOLAR AND CHEESE” by writer/producer Scarlet Perez was accepted into the Cannes Marche du Film Festival.  Congratulations, Scarlet!… Here are a few more festival awards she’s won:

*California Women’s Film Festival – 1st Place Audience Award Winner

*L.A. Shorts Awards – Best Film Honorable Mention

*NYC Indie Film Awards – Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Original Score

“HOSTILE TAKEOVER” by Charlie Warden, a writer from the Thursday night group, just got his screenplay optioned by Amazon Studios.

“BRACKISH WATER” by Noah Harald, a writer from the Monday night group had his screenplay picked up by Inkcrayon Pictures and producer Benjamin Frieberg


Read Glenn’s Recent Interview in Creative Screenwriting Magazine:


“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”

— “On Teaching” by John Steinbeck




Writer Resources:

The Scriptwriters Network
David S. Freeman
Done Deal
Theatre tickets and information for London’s West End Theatres







Listen to latest interview with Glenn regarding his screenplay, “Deadly Blessing,” directed by the late, great director Wes Craven:



Join Glenn’s screenwriting group by going to:

He sends out a post every Saturday on some aspect of screenwriting.  The group also gives information on screenwriting competitions, new opportunities, companies looking for scripts, etc.



Discover Glenn’s screenwriting webinars from The Writers Store, including topics such as:  “Creating A Great Character Arc,” “Writing Great Action Sequences,” “Story Structure Made Easy,” “Writing Great Horror Films and TV Shows” “Make Your Narrative Pulse with Energy,” and many more.


Recent Events:

Glenn has done multiple screenwriting webinars with the Writers Store. His upcoming webinar goes live August 8th. Learn exciting new strategies on how to break into television:



Glenn joins the industry’s best writers and instructors in this essential handbook, Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Read Glenn’s chapter on writing horror films.


In! Magazine Interviews Glenn Benest About His Independent Film.

“The film is about four zany Beverly Hills women who kidnap a chef for a wild and mysterious week-end…”


Classes are limited to a maximum of seven writers.

His private workshops have launched numerous feature films including:


“Event Horizon”


“Teaching Mrs. Tingle”

“The Howling Reborn”


Other former students have gone on to work on such series as:

“Jennifer Jones”


“The Following”‘

“Vampire Diaries”


One student has just finished a screenplay assignment for Sony Pictures: “How To Make Money,” and another has just had his original screenplay, “Fantasmagoria,” optioned by David Foster Productions.

Classes are limited to a maximum of seven writers.

Your work is read every week in the manner of a staged reading.  Mr Benest has now formed a relationship with Simmons & Scott Entertainment, a management company, where works are read by professional actors to an invited audience.



Co- written with Dale Pitman, INK has recently been published by Larry Czeronka Publishing.

Read the enthusiastic first reviews on our Amazon site:


And check out all of Glenn’s credits on the IMDB, including “Naked Lie,” “Summer of Fear,” and many others.





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