Tools Every Writer Needs

Launch 2024 with new skills, plus a brand new screenplay written in 30 days.

  • Learn the tools to write a professional level draft in 30 days

  • Elevate your existing features or pilots

  • Develop the skills used in writer's rooms on network shows

  • Receive 30 days of live support with Max Timm

  • Access the 30 Day Challenge course all year to develop new projects

The live course and the first day of office hours begins Wednesday, January 31, 2024. 

Office Hours will be on Zoom from 8:30am to 9:30am Los Angeles time.

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.

This course features daily zoom instruction with the ISA's Director of Education, Max Timm (you can check out his bio below). Each day of your course, Max walks you through the assignments and answers burning questions, providing the guidance needed to complete your next screenplay in 30 days.

Last year, we found that the 30 straight days of live office hours helped create a strong sense of community. It was like our own little writing group offering support, inspiration, guidance, and tons of questions answered. If nothing else, the office hours time with your peers is worth the price of admission!

You can commit to the 30 day timeline or go at your own pace. You will have access to the 30-Day Challenge coursework through December 2024!


How Does it Work?

Each day of the Challenge, you will log in to your coursework (here on TheCraftCourse.com) and access a new set of written lectures, audio recordings, assignments, and daily inspiration that will get you organized, prepared, and working. 

This course is equal parts motivation and education. It's so much more than just a set of little reminders to get your writing in. This 30 day process is coursework with assignments AND live support from an instructor and your peers on Zoom! So hey, you might actually learn something while developing your next TV series or Feature.

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

Let's make 2024 your best writing year yet! Max Timm, the ISA, this course, and your fellow writing peers are here to help.


Are you ready to be writing at a professional level?

Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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. Introduction Video from Max Timm

    2. Challenge Accepted! Let's Get Started...

    3. Voice, and Voice Pressure Points

    4. Audio Lecture on Voice and Voice Pressure Points

    5. Assignment: Voice Pressure Points

    6. The Logline - Yes, It's Extremely Important

    7. Logline Breakdown Process

    8. Audio for Logline Breakdown Process

    9. Writing Group Discusion on Loglines and Pitches

    10. Assignment: Write (and Rewrite) Your Loglines

    11. See You on Day 2!

    12. Office Hours Recording - Day1

    1. Primary Story Elements

    2. Your Hero and The Emotional Flaw

    3. Audio: Your Hero & Emotional Flaw

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

    5. The Rival, Threat and/or Opponent

    6. 2nd Act Series of Obstacles

    7. Sequence Writing and Prepping the 1st Act

    8. Audio: Sequence Writing and Prepping The 1st Act

    9. Assignments: Character Set-Up and Light Structure

    10. Office Hours Recording - Day 2

    1. Where To Begin?

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

    3. An Easy Assignment...Just Listen!

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

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

    6. Episode 3 of The Craft - Sequence 3 Breakdown - "The Unsung Hero"

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

    8. Structural/Beat Breakdown and Outline

    9. Assignments: Sequence Statements

    10. Office Hours Recording - Day 3

    1. You've Barely Begun, But...

    2. Loglines and Pitches Lecture - with Max and The Story Farm

    3. A Great Way To Procrastinate from CreativeScreenwriting.com

    4. Office Hours Recording - Day 4

    1. The 2nd Act, Moment By Moment - with Assignments

    2. Audio: The 2nd Act, Moment By Moment

    3. The Difference Between "Adventure" & "Journey"

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

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

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

    7. Assignment: Expanding Your Story Outline

    8. Sequence Titles

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    9. Assignments: Writing Your Script in Outline Form

    10. Special Edition: Breaking Down Stranger Things

    11. Stranger Things - The Pilot

    12. Office Hours Recording - Day 5

    1. Just Keep Going

    2. Connecting with The ISA and Our Writing Gigs

    3. Office Hours Recording - Day 6

About this course

  • $55.00
  • 145 lessons
  • 28.5 hours of video content

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