Course Description


Go beyond the basics of screenwriting, forget all of the fancy vocabulary, and let's get your script finished!          

Whether you're brand new to screenwriting or a seasoned veteran, this course will help you finish your project no matter what stage it's in...and you keep the course for life! No expiration date.

An all-in-one, one-stop-shop screenwriting course and development tool.


NEW! Video lectures and Pro Tips!



Receive immediate access to all lessons, lectures, audio and video. The material provided within this full development screenwriting course will help you build your script, one step at a time. It will allow you to work at your own pace and finish a script in less than 12 weeks. You can start and finish whenever you like.

It's like hiring a personal screenwriting coach who is available any time you are...and at a fraction of the cost.

Inspired by Max Timm's live Los Angeles workshop and his popular writing podcast, The Craft, your personal online course offers exclusive podcast episodes, verbal and written lectures, video wrap-ups with Max, and Pro Tip videos from some of the industry's biggest names.

So jump in and get ready to write!

With the amount of material and support that is covered and offered, you will not find a course that offers as much as The Craft Course at the same price point. The International Screenwriters' Association takes pride in offering services to writers without breaking the bank. Take advantage of what is offered here and we promise you will come away with a stronger draft of your script than had you tried to go this route alone. 


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Lead Mentor and Instructor

Max Timm

The Director of Education with the International Screenwriters’ Association, President of The Story Farm, and VP of Development for Creative Screenwriter Prods, Max has over 16 years of experience in developing material and writers’ careers. Having attended Holy Cross College at Notre Dame and then transferring to Columbia College Chicago to study screenwriting and producing, Max is a Midwesterner and Chicagoan at heart who prides himself on supporting creative people in as many ways possible. Recently he helped build a development slate with the ISA, submitting writers’ projects on their behalf and helping them launch their careers – over 30 writers have received options and/or representation to date because of Max and the Development Slate team's support. His Story Farm consulting service develops writers (from novice to professional) and their material much like a studio executive or manager would, and his online classes, titled The Craft Course in Screenwriting, offer writers outside the Los Angeles area to take part in professional full development. A development consultant, producer, and screenwriting instructor, Max is a screenwriter and author himself. His debut novel, a young adult fantasy adventure titled The WishKeeper, about a teenage fairy with broken wings, won the young adult category of the 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival and released nationwide in the Summer of 2016. He is now shopping the IP as an animated TV series. Max has also served as a part-time instructor at UCLA, and travels nationally speaking at a multitude of industry events such as the Sundance Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Fest, Nashville Writers Conference, and even educating art program teachers through the LA Unified School District. You can find out more about Max's Story Farm Development Coaching Service at www.TheStoryFarm.org

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Week 1 - Voice, Loglines, and Establishing Your Project

  • 2

    Week 2 - Story Bullets & The Beginning of Structural Writing

    • The Four Levels of Development - Video

    • Your Logline As A Loaded Gun

    • 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

    • A Full Review of Character Development - Video

    • Assignments: 1st Act, and Character Set-Up

    • Pro Tip Videos of the Week

    • NEW: Free Access to Max Timm's Book on Screenwriting

  • 3

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

    • Where To Begin

    • The Villain, Rival, Opponent - Whatever He's Called! 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

    • The Outline, Sequences, and Why They're Important - Video

    • Pro Tip Videos of the Week

    • Assignments: Sequence Loglines

  • 4

    Week 4 - Moment Listing & the 2nd Act

    • The 2nd Act, Moment By Moment

    • Audio: The 2nd Act, Moment By Moment

    • The Difference Between "Adventure" & "Journey"

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

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

    • Episode 7 of The Craft - Sequence 6 Breakdown - "The Mid-Point"

    • Moment Listing - Your Story Outline

    • Sequence Titles

    • Assignments: Writing Your Script in Outline Form

    • Special Edition: Breaking Down Stranger Things

    • Stranger Things - The Pilot

    • Pro Tip Videos of the Week

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

  • 5

    Week 5 - The Downward Spiral - Delivering the End of Your 2nd Act

    • A Couple Disclaimers Before We Start

    • Leading Up To The Low Point

    • Episode 8 of The Craft - Sequence 7 Breakdown - "The Doomed Honeymoon"

    • Episode 9 of The Craft - Sequence 8 Breakdown - "Love, Conflict, and Losing It"

    • Episode 11 of The Craft - Sequence 9 Breakdown - "The Dark Night of The Soul"

    • The Point of A Scene

    • Audio: The Point of A Scene

    • Assignment: Continued Outline Writing

    • Pro Tip Videos of the Week

  • 6

    Week 6 - And Now, For the 3rd Act...

    • Stating Theme and Your 3rd Act

    • Audio: Stating Theme and Your 3rd Act

    • Episode 12 of The Craft - Sequences 10 & 11 Breakdown - "Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?"

    • Episode 14 of The Craft - Sequence 12 Breakdown - "It's Not About the Victory"

    • Scene #1 - Action/No Dialogue Example

    • 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?

    • Assignment: Still Going!

  • 7

    Week 7 - Great Dialogue, Killer Action, and Proper Formatting

    • What Makes For Great Dialogue?

    • Audio: What Makes For Great Dialogue?

    • A Dialogue on Dialogue - Video

    • Action!

    • Proper Screenplay Format

    • Assignment: Page Writing - Finally!

    • A Lecture on Page Formatting - Video

  • 8

    Week 8 – It's All Been Done - A Final Word and Summary

    • What Now? And What Should You Expect?

    • Episode 13 of The Craft - "A Note on Motivation - Is It All Worth It?"

    • Audio: Pursuing a Wish and Manifesting Success

    • Video Question Time with Max: What's the Difference Between an Agent and a Manager?

  • 9

    Week 9 - Script Deadline - Three Weeks from Today!

    • Deadline Reminder!

    • Week 9 Procrastination Time

    • More Procrastination? Sure, why not?

    • Video Question Time with Max: How Do I Address a Note That I Don't Agree With?

    • Video Question Time with Max: How Do I Get Staffed on a TV Show?

  • 10

    Week 10 - Script Deadline - Two Weeks From Today!

    • You Have 336 Hours!

    • Week 10 Procrastination Time

    • Procrastination x2 - The Hook, Emotion, and Why You Write

    • Video Question Time with Max: Should I Make a Sizzle, or a Short Film, or Both?

    • Video Question Time with Max: Will the Comic Book Movie Trend End, and Why Make So Many Remakes?

  • 11

    Week 11 - Script Deadline - Final Week!

    • Deadline Deadline! Your Final Week

    • Week 11 Procrastination Time

    • Procrastination x2 - Submitting to Contests

    • Procrastination x3 - Yes, a Third One!

    • Video Question Time with Max: How Do You Know if a Contest is Worthwhile?

    • Video Question Time with Max: Should I Be Aware of my Script's Budget?

  • 12

    Your Script Deadline is TODAY

    • The Time Is Now!

    • You're Not Going to Win an Oscar

    • When Is Your Script Ready?

    • Looking Ahead...

    • Video Question Time with Max: How Do I Get a Producer to Read My Script?

Reviews

5 star rating

Master the 1st Draft - Online Only

Robert W. Daniel

This has been a REAL PLEASURE! This course has been one of the best values for the money I have ever taken. Thankz a million! Robert W. Daniel

This has been a REAL PLEASURE! This course has been one of the best values for the money I have ever taken. Thankz a million! Robert W. Daniel

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5 star rating

Hands-down the most helpful online material I've found.

Beth Geyer

This course came at the perfect time for me. I'd just started a new script and hit a wall with it every other day. Whenever that happened, I would sit down a...

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This course came at the perfect time for me. I'd just started a new script and hit a wall with it every other day. Whenever that happened, I would sit down and continue the course where I left off; instantly sparking new and better ideas. I sort of zoomed through this 8 week course but it helped me start and finish my script in under 5 weeks. You can't ask for more than that. Thank you, Max!

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5 star rating

Excellent advice and training!

Lindsay Waite

Although I've been writing for, well, forever, and have several screenplays under my belt, this class provided me with great insight into writing a marketabl...

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Although I've been writing for, well, forever, and have several screenplays under my belt, this class provided me with great insight into writing a marketable product. It also gives me information on the industry as a whole and points to other avenues of learning and networking. I started the class without knowing that a goal was a completed first draft. I'm not yet through with my research on my new screenplay idea, so I was pleased to learn that when I am ready in a few months to draft the new screenplay, I can review the class again. Thanks Max and all at ISA who contributed to this material!

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5 star rating

The Craft Course

Neil Werenskjold Sr

This class is my breakthrough class. I have been taking many classes for the last few years, but Timm's instruction clicked for me. I immediately rewrote my ...

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This class is my breakthrough class. I have been taking many classes for the last few years, but Timm's instruction clicked for me. I immediately rewrote my first screenplay with a focus I've never had before. A few more changes from professional critics and my screenplay is now a fast read for producer's, focused on what they are looking for in a screenplay. Thanks Max. I'm off and running now...

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4 star rating

Great course

Melissa Birks

Using relevant examples and in-depth knowledge of the form and function of a screenplay, Max Timm takes a writer from the germ of an idea to a full script. E...

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Using relevant examples and in-depth knowledge of the form and function of a screenplay, Max Timm takes a writer from the germ of an idea to a full script. Especially powerful is the way he breaks down a screenplay into organizational sequences. Overall, the course is accessible, understandable, and practical. I would encourage writers to try it.

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