Instructor Tom Vaughan
Story and Plot
Screenwriting Classes in Texas, Los Angeles and Online
Tom Vaughan has been writing professionally for over twenty years. He studied at the University of Houston with Broadway legend Jose Quintero and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee. It was his work as a writer and director in Houston theatre that got him recognized by Hollywood.  
He was soon writing screenplays for, among others, Phoenix Pictures, TNT, MTV Films, Castle Rock Entertainment, ABC, NBC, CBS, Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures and Disney. He has developed screenplays for Matthew McConaughey, Nicolas Cage, Barry Sonnenfeld, Chow-Yun Fat and many others.
WINCHESTER, the film he co-wrote starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke, about the infamous Winchester Mystery House, opened nationwide in 2018. Tom just finished work on the untitled horror film about one of the most haunted places in the world, the HMS Queen Mary in Long Beach. Production starts in the fall.

Most recently he set up his spec scripts DADDY'S GIRL with Covert Media for a fall shoot and MOST WANTED at Miramax with director Ruben Fleischer (ZOMBIELAND, VENOM) attached.

Tom's feature film debut was the action film UNSTOPPABLE, starring Wesley Snipes. In 2011, he completed his directorial debut, PLAYING HOUSE, based on a script written with Kristy Dobkin. His past productions include BLACKOUT with Jane Seymour for CBS, and CRITICAL ASSEMBLY with Katherine Heigl for NBC. He served as writer as well as Co-Producer on ATOMIC TWISTER with Sharon Lawrence and DEAD IN A HEARTBEAT with Penelope Anne Miller and Judge Reinhold, both for TBS. 

Along with his writing Tom teaches workshops in both Los Angeles and Texas as well as the advanced screenwriting class at his beloved alma mater The University of Houston.