30-Day Screenwriting Challenge

Start 2023 off with a brand new screenplay, written in 30 days. If your goal is to become a paid writer, be staffed on a show or to write on assignment, you need the skills to execute a professional level screenplay in a limited time frame.

Think you can do it? We do. And we've set up steps, assignments, and objectives to help you meet this goal.

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We’re now offering daily zoom instruction with the ISA's Director of Education, Max Timm. Each morning, Max will walk you through the assignments and answer any burning questions, providing the guidance needed to complete your next screenplay in 30 days. 

Also, you will have access to the 30-Day Challenge coursework through December 2023! So you can sign up at any time!


How Does it Work?

Starting January 16, 2023, you will receive access to each day’s coursework including a series of written lectures, audio recordings, assignments, and daily inspiration that will get you organized, prepared, and working.

PLUS, Max Timm, ISA's Director of Education will be on Zoom for 30 minutes every morning for 30 straight days to guide you through it, answer your questions, and help you stay on track!

Replays of the morning Zoom sessions will be available same day in case you miss them.

At the end of this course, not only will you have finished a script in 30 days, but you’ll also have the tools to apply this method to future projects. You can restart the course as you’re developing a new project, get a writing assignment or are staffed on a show. You'll maintain access to the course for a full year.


The Challenge Begins January 16, 2023!

* To prepare for the 30 Day Challenge, we also recommend purchasing the ISA Craft Course to begin to develop your concept and plan the framework for your script. (This is not required to participate.)

Receive 50% off of The Craft Course when you add it to your order.

Are you ready to be writing at a professional level?

Reviews

5 star rating

Great Teacher and Great Information

Kartik Singh

Many thanks to Max and ISA for this terrific course. I feel it's important to learn from as many different sources as possible, and for this course, I took a...

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Many thanks to Max and ISA for this terrific course. I feel it's important to learn from as many different sources as possible, and for this course, I took away a new understanding for the importance of a character's emotional flaw. I also loved the opening lectures about Finding Your Voice, and looking to one's own life for the Voice Pressure Points. Max is a gifted teacher. He has lots of experience to draw from, and his audio lessons were great. His warm voice and clear explanations were of great inspiration. A favorite of mine: his talk on the importance of accepting failure and to carry on despite it. The lesson on impatience was another keeper. Am truly grateful to have participated. Highly recommend. A+

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Best Ever

Evelyn Morgan

I am only on day three but I love your oh so concise course. I have had consults with Michael Hauge who helped me with one screenplay years ago. Another with...

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I am only on day three but I love your oh so concise course. I have had consults with Michael Hauge who helped me with one screenplay years ago. Another with Pilar Alessandro, also some time ago. I learned so much from each of them. But now I am trying something new ... a television pilot which will be a one hour series for a non-network channel. Yes, I am one of those lovely tv writers. Or nutso tv writers. But it is something I have inside me and I plan to do it.

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Excellent Screenwriting Challenge

Dawn B. Dwyer

You are pushed hard to move through this course within the 30 Days but a lot of us need that to get things done. I'm one of them! You'll really learn a lot...

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You are pushed hard to move through this course within the 30 Days but a lot of us need that to get things done. I'm one of them! You'll really learn a lot and get clarity from asking yourself the right questions. This course provides you with the right questions so you can move your story forward. Thank-you so much for sharing this with us!

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Screenwriting Your Dreams For The Hood

Richard Raybourne

Learn from mentors, produce by action, develop and format by the industry standards and believe in yourself enough to bring out the best in your investment f...

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Learn from mentors, produce by action, develop and format by the industry standards and believe in yourself enough to bring out the best in your investment for the people that believe in you! 100/100 Thank Max!

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Good course

anthony mcbride

This was a pretty good “nuts and bolts” course for the price: FREE. I really appreciate the structure lesson and podcasts.

This was a pretty good “nuts and bolts” course for the price: FREE. I really appreciate the structure lesson and podcasts.

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30 Day Screenwriting Challenge 2019

Bandile Nombutuma

One of the best online courses. The 30-Day Challenge brought me back to the basics of screenwriting - the stuff that makes a good film/story. The idea I had ...

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One of the best online courses. The 30-Day Challenge brought me back to the basics of screenwriting - the stuff that makes a good film/story. The idea I had a week before I participated in the challenge grew into a proper story by following Maxx's advice. Lost of inspiration. The dreamer/writer in me is up and running again! Great Work!

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Well organised beginning

Madhura Dethe

The first day was great. I not only came to know about what exactly voice is but also showed up a way to discover it. It is more about me and why I want to w...

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The first day was great. I not only came to know about what exactly voice is but also showed up a way to discover it. It is more about me and why I want to write.

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An amazing course for emerging screenwriters

Niki Lambropoulos

The 30-Day Screenwriting Challenge is a golden well of precious and useful resources for anyone aiming for the dream to come true on big or smaller screens. ...

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The 30-Day Screenwriting Challenge is a golden well of precious and useful resources for anyone aiming for the dream to come true on big or smaller screens. Amazing offerings cannot exist without astonishing efforts, and selfless contribution to the community of screenwriters in particular. Last but not least is the macro and micro structure of the course that makes it accessible from any medium, any time, unfolding as essential micro-lectures. Congratulations and a million thanks to Max Timm and ISA!

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4 star rating

A lot of excellent info in one place

Teddi Deppner

This course seems to have a lot of excellent beginner info in one place. Even though it relies heavily on podcasts that are available online already, there's...

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This course seems to have a lot of excellent beginner info in one place. Even though it relies heavily on podcasts that are available online already, there's a lot of value in having the course arranged so you can access them logically and see how it applies to the process of writing a single script. Although it's not hard to see that the course is geared to introducing new screenwriters to the presenter's company and screenwriting coaching packages (and I would have been disappointed by that if I'd paid for this course), I didn't mind all the "commercials" since what content was included was insightful and useful. If I were more serious about getting into screenwriting, I'd consider investing in help from this company as a way to jumpstart my learning process.

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Lead Mentor and Instructor

Max Timm

Max Timm is the Director of Education with International Screenwriters’ Association, and the President of The Story Farm Development and Coaching service, with 17 years of experience in developing written material and writers’ careers. His focus with the ISA is to shepherd writers to industry professionals, offering exposure alongside career-long education. His personal coaching, consulting, and development service, The Story Farm, develops writers and their material much like a studio executive or literary manager would, walking a writer through the development process one draft at a time. His online class, The Craft Course in Screenwriting, offers writers an in-depth yet easy to understand approach to professional full development. In order to connect with as many aspiring writers as possible, he also helped create and launch the ISA’s popular podcast network - an interview-focused podcast, as well as his solo podcast, The Craft. Aside from focusing on education, Max has joined forces with his ISA cohorts to launch a production and development shingle called Creative Screenwriter where they develop and produce low to mid-range budgeted films written by ISA’s top members. Max is also a screenwriter and author. His debut novel, a young adult fantasy adventure titled The WishKeeper, about a teenage fairy with broken wings, won the YA category of the 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival and released nationwide in the Summer of 2016. Max has also served as a part-time instructor at UCLA, and travels nationally speaking at various industry events such as the Sundance Film Festival, Nashville Writers Conference, and the Napa Valley Film Festival. Most recently Max released his debut book on screenwriting titled, "(Not Just) Another Book on The Craft of Screenwriting."

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Day 1: Introduction, Voice Pressure Points, General Logline Crafting

    • Challenge Accepted! Getting Started...

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    • Voice, and Voice Pressure Points

    • Audio Lecture on Voice and Voice Pressure Points

    • Assignment: Voice Pressure Points

    • The Logline - Yes, It's Extremely Important

    • Logline Breakdown Process

    • Audio for Logline Breakdown Process

    • Writing Group Discusion on Loglines and Pitches

    • Assignment: Write (and Rewrite) Your Loglines

    • See You Tomorrow!

    • Recording of Office Hours Session

  • 2

    Day 2: Character Development, and Defining Their Flaw Through Structure

    • Primary Story Elements

    • Your Hero and The Emotional Flaw

    • Audio: Your Hero & Emotional Flaw

    • The Secondary Helper (Supporting Character, Supporting the Hero’s Arc)

    • The Rival, Threat and/or Opponent

    • 2nd Act Series of Obstacles

    • Sequence Writing and Prepping the 1st Act

    • Audio: Sequence Writing and Prepping The 1st Act

    • Assignments: Character Set-Up and Light Structure

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 2

  • 3

    Day 3 - Sequence Writing & Breaking Your Story From A Character Perspective

    • Where To Begin?

    • The Villain, Rival, Opponent - How is this Character Related to the Secondary Character?

    • An Easy Assignment...Just Listen!

    • Episode 1 of The Craft - Sequence 1 Breakdown - "We Need A Hero"

    • Episode 2 of The Craft - Sequence 2 Breakdown - "Setting It All Up"

    • Episode 3 of The Craft - Sequence 3 Breakdown - "The Unsung Hero"

    • Episode 6 of The Craft - "A Sidenote for the TV Writer"

    • Structural/Beat Breakdown and Outline

    • Assignments: Sequence Statements

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 3

  • 4

    Day 4 - More Logline Work & Review

    • You've Barely Begun, But...

    • Loglines and Pitches Lecture - with Max and The Story Farm

    • A Great Way To Procrastinate from CreativeScreenwriting.com

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 4

  • 5

    Day 5 - Moment Listing, the 2nd Act, and Breaking Down Stranger Things

    • The 2nd Act, Moment By Moment - with Assignments

    • Audio: The 2nd Act, Moment By Moment

    • The Difference Between "Adventure" & "Journey"

    • The Craft Podcast - Sequence 4 Breakdown. "The Promise of the Premise"

    • The Craft Podcast - Sequence 5 Breakdown. "Success, Failure & the Villain"

    • The Craft Podcast - Sequence 6 Breakdown - "The Mid-Point"

    • Assignment: Expanding Your Story Outline

    • Sequence Titles

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    • Assignments: Writing Your Script in Outline Form

    • Special Edition: Breaking Down Stranger Things

    • Stranger Things - The Pilot

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 5

  • 6

    Day 6 - Continued Moment Listing and Building Your Outline

    • Just Keep Going

    • Connecting with The ISA and Our Writing Gigs

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 6

  • 7

    Day 7 - Continued Outline Development & Delivering the End of Your 2nd Act

    • A Couple Disclaimers Before We Start

    • Leading Up To The Low Point

    • The Craft Podcast - Sequence 7 Breakdown - "The Doomed Honeymoon"

    • The Craft Podcast - Sequence 8 Breakdown - "Love, Conflict, and Losing It"

    • The Craft Podcast - Sequence 9 Breakdown - "The Dark Night of The Soul"

    • The Point of A Scene

    • Audio: The Point of A Scene

    • Assignment: Scene Writing Within Your Outline

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 7

  • 8

    Day 8 - Your Outline as Your First Draft, and A Focus on Your Final Act

    • Stating Theme and Your 3rd Act

    • Audio: Stating Theme and Your 3rd Act

    • The Craft Podcast - Sequences 10 & 11 Breakdown - "Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?"

    • The Craft Podcast - Sequence 12 Breakdown - "It's Not About the Victory"

    • Assignment: Still Going!

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 8

  • 9

    Day 9 - Great Dialogue, Killer Action, and Proper Formatting

    • What Makes For Great Dialogue?

    • Audio: What Makes For Great Dialogue?

    • Action!

    • Proper Screenplay Format

    • Assignment: Page Writing - Finally!

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 9

  • 10

    Day 10 – You're On Your Way - A Quick Word and Summary

    • What Now? And What Should You Expect?

    • Audio: The Craft - "A Note on Motivation - Is It All Worth It?"

    • Audio: Pursuing a Wish and Manifesting Success

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 10

  • 11

    Day 11 - Keep Writing & A Writing Group Discussion

    • Are You Writing?

    • Writing Group Discussion - Sequences and Structure

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 11

  • 12

    Day 12 - Time, Goals, and Perspective

    • You Have 432 Hours Left! Time Crunch Brought to You by The Story Farm.

    • Goals: Changing Your Perspective

    • Audio Version of Goals: Changing Your Perspective

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 12

  • 13

    Day 13 - The Story Hook, and Do You Need a Manager...?

    • The Hook, Emotion, and Why You Write

    • Audio for The Hook Emotion and Why You Write

    • Do I Need an Agent or Manager?

    • You're Not Going To Win An Oscar...

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 13

  • 14

    Day 14 - Some Early Page Writing Advice

    • Let's Talk About Pages...

    • Audio for Scene Writing Tips

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 14

  • 15

    Day 15 - Half-Way There!

    • Momentum with The ISA and Our Free YouTube Channel

    • The ISA on YouTube

    • Which Screenplay Contest is Right for Me?

    • Recording of Office Hours Session - Day 15

  • 16

    Day 16 - Some Bonus Inspiration

    • What Are You Going To Do With The Rest of Your Year?

    • Audio for What's to Come of Your Writing

    • When Is Your Script Ready? A Final Thought...

  • 17

    Day 17 - More Scene Writing Tips!

    • Some Insights on Page Writing

    • Scene Example #1 - Arthur and the Parachute

    • Scene #2 - Reacting To The World

    • Scene Example #2 - Arthur and The Woods

    • Scene #3 - One-Page Flaw Confrontation

    • Scene Example #3 - Arthur and the Girl

    • Answers: Where In The World Is Arthur?

  • 18

    Day 18 - Let's Get Back to the Moments - a New Exercise

    • A Little Review of Moments

    • How To Go From "Great Idea!" to "Great Story!"

    • Audio Version of "Great Idea to Great Story!"

  • 19

    Day 19 - Scene Study Discussion Time

    • A Little Time to Be Productive While Just Watching

    • Scene Study Discussion Recording

  • 20

    Day 20 - Page Formatting Review and Disccusion

    • Let's Get Some Visuals - Page Formatting and Words on the Page

    • Page Formatting Recording and Discussion

  • 21

    Day 21 - A Day Just to Write (Plus Screenplay Contests Approach)

    • The ISA Approach to Education and Screenplay Contests

  • 22

    Day 22 - More Scene Study and Discussion

    • A Slight Review with New Scenes to Discuss

    • Video Recording of Scene Discussion and Sorkin Lecture

  • 23

    Day 23 - Yet To Be Revealed!

    • The Final Draft Story

    • How To Be A Fan of Your Own Work

    • The Writing Zone: How to Find it and Sustain It

    • How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Create

    • Video: Robert McKee 2017 Final Draft Awards Acceptance Speech

  • 24

    Day 24 - Yet To Be Revealed!

    • The Pitch – Yourself, Your Project, Your Career

    • Breaking in To Hollywood

    • Create Your Pitch Part I: Baiting the Hook from Creative Screenwriting

    • Create Your Pitch Part II: Sell, Don’t Tell from Creative Screenwriting

  • 25

    Day 25 - Yet To Be Revealed!

    • Character Evolution, Story Momentum, and the Need for Change

  • 26

    Day 26 - You're Almost Done!

    • Get Notes On Your Script

  • 27

    Day 27 - Yet To Be Revealed!

    • Want to Jumpstart Your Career AND Receive Five Pages of Comprehensive Notes?

  • 28

    Day 28 - A Special Extra Lesson from Max Timm, the ISA, and The Story Farm

    • A Craft Course Video Explanation of The Importance of Education

    • Why Writers Block is Bullsh**

    • Reverse Engineer: Adapting a Script Into a Book

    • The Craft in Review

  • 29

    Day 29 - Yet To Be Revealed!

    • Get to Know Women In Film - Become a Member!

    • A Little Research - Female Filmmakers Initiative

    • Women in Film Finishing Fund

  • 30

    Day 30 - Your Final Day!

    • The Whirlwind is Not Over!

    • ISA Podcast Network

    • The Story Farm Consulting and Development with Max Timm

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