Recipient of a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award and a finalist of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship, Lin has written projects for The Mark Gordon Company, Don Mischer Productions, The Walt Disney Company, Ivanhoe Pictures, The Unison Company (Taiwan), and Wanda Pictures (China).  

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Lin produced and wrote the original story for The Unison Company's Chinese romance film 100 Days directed by primetime Emmy winner Henry Chan (Fresh Off the Boat, Scrubs). The film world premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival and released theatrically nationwide in Taiwan. It won the Audience Award at 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and was an official selection at the prestigious 2014 Golden Rooster Hundred Flowers Film Festival in China.

As original story writer and producer, Lin's Chinese language feature action thriller Retroactive is set up at Wanda Pictures (SouthPaw, The Great Wall). In television, Lin was the head writer for the 2014 Huading Global Film Awards hosted by Lucy Liu. It was produced by veteran Oscars and Emmy Awards producer Don Mischer. Honorees included Orlando Bloom, Halle Berry, Hans Zimmer, and Jeffrey Katzenberg. He also wrote for the 2016 Shanghai Disney Grand Opening Ceremony.

Recently, he wrote a TV pilot for Super Deluxe (former digital studio of Turner/Warner Media) and adapted New York Times' Best Seller River Town by Peter Hessler for Fugitive Films and acclaimed director Lu Chuan (City of Life and Death, Disney's Born in China).

Prior to Emerson College, he has taught screenwriting at Northwestern University, UCLA, and Taipei National University of the Arts as a Fulbright Senior Specialist

From the publisher of Save the Cat! and The Writers Journey, his book CRAZY SCREENWRITING SECRETS: How to Capture a Global Audience is available wherever books are sold with the Chinese edition to be published in Mainland China in 2020.

Represented by Anonymous Content and United Talent Agency, he is a member of Writers Guild of America West and Dramatist Guild of America


  • Visual & Media Arts
    Since 2014


B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Creative Works

100 Days


Awards & Honors

Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award


Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship - Finalist


Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship - Finalist


Austin Film Festival Playwriting - Finalist


Fulbright Senior Specialist



CRAZY SCREENWRITING SECRETS: How to Capture a Global Audience


Through a “Crazy” approach in writing the feature screenplay, the first half of the book guides the reader in how to create and develop: Story Idea, Characters, One Page Step Outline, and the solid script. In the second half, the book covers professional business side of the ever-changing industry by taking the reader through the work flow of Hollywood and explores how to work creatively with international countries like China in producing movies that resonate with a global audience.

From publisher of Save the Cat! | The Writers Journey | Shot by Shot