John August is a screenwriter and a novelist. His screenwriting credits include the live-action Aladdin, Go, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and both Charlie’s Angels movies. He received a 2004 BAFTA nomination for his screenplay for Big Fish and wrote the book for the Broadway musical version. He received a 2006 Grammy nomination for lyrics for “Wonka’s Welcome Song.”
His middle-grade novel series, Arlo Finch, is currently published in 13 languages, with the third book in the trilogy, The Kingdom of Shadows, due out in February 2020.
He co-hosts the weekly Scriptnotes podcast with Craig Mazin, and runs the company that makes the popular screenwriting apps Highland 2 and Weekend Read. He also maintains a popular blog at JohnAugust.com, as well as websites like screenwriting.io aimed at supporting screenwriters. He’s a member of the Academy and serves on the board of directors of the WGA West. He graduated from Drake University, earning a Bachelors Degree in Journalism followed by a Masters from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California.
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