Growing up in a sleepy beach suburb of Los Angeles, April Shih entertained herself by catfishing people in AOL chatrooms.

This urge to make shit up turned into a passion for filmmaking, film school at NYU and then several years working in the indie film and theater world, wearing every hat imaginable. She edited actors reels, served as a proxy for James Franco in his classes at UCLA, and produced an award-winning revival of Kiss of the Spiderwoman: The Musical. Then she decided to Eat Pray Love her way to Las Vegas where she spent two years playing poker for a living.

Returning to writing in 2017, April graduated in Playwriting from Cal State Northridge and was soon selected by a whole pile of fellowships - the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, Sundance Episodic Story Lab, the inaugural Film Independent Episodic Lab, and the CBS Writers Mentoring Program. Which led to her first job as staff writer on the FXX comedy You’re The Worst.

She’s now a story editor on Mrs America on FX, starring Cate Blanchett.

April is represented by Josh Hornstock and Alyssa Lanz at UTA.

 

TESTIMONIALS

The Script Anatomy process is amazing. I really feel like I can write any script from here on out using their process. I can see that this will help a writer once they get staffed too because it really breaks story in such an amazing way. I’m already in the next class writing the pilot. I’m excited to see a first draft! Great classes! Thanks! 
— Denise Cruz
The Televisionary Workshop is the HGH of TV Writing. Having taken many classes, none have prepared me so thoroughly for a first draft. The Script Anatomy tools helped me delve deep into the theme and tracking of my spec script, allowing me to get to a solid outline in a very short amount of time. The notes from my instructor were thorough and balanced, challenging me to be my best while remaining respectful of my ideas. For the first time in my writing career, the transition from outline to first draft was seamless. I can’t say enough great things.
— Paul Ditty, Semi-Finalist for 2017 NBC WOTV, Semi-Finalist for 2017 FOX Writers Intensive, Second Rounder at 2017 Austin Film Fest, Semi-Finalist for 2017 Screencraft's Pilot Launch
The system at Script Anatomy for the Televisionary class is streamline, elegant, and rigorous. Each week we were met with assignments that deepened the understanding of our OWN stories.
— Sean Cook