Course Description

This is not a course in which to enroll. Please email Max@TheStoryFarm.org to inquire.


What is The Story Farm?

Like a personal trainer for your writing

More than just a general consultancy, The Story Farm works much like a development executive or manager would with a writer as the writer is developing multiple projects.

If you wish to work long-term with Max Timm and The Story Farm, we offer weekly, one-on-one phone calls, call packages, virtual weekend retreats, live retreats, bi-weekly Zoom workshops...and you can bundle all of these into one package if you'd like!

You must contact Max@TheStoryFarm.org in order to arrange the service and payment.

You can purchase multiple evaluations that deliver specific notes on the ongoing development of multiple projects. This would be done via the call packages. If you would like an extensive, professional and educational approach that sets weekly deadlines and gets your screenwriting career thrust into high gear, The Story Farm is for you.

The Story Farm is the most hands-on, comprehensive development service you will find in the industry. Approved by and in association with the International Screenwriters' Association, The Story Farm is designed to help dedicated, career-oriented writers with their craft and ongoing script development (TV or Features).

Contact max@thestoryfarm.org if you have questions


Want to know specifics? Check out th Story Farm website for all the goodies, and payment options.

www.TheStoryFarm.org


If interested in applying to The Story Farm, please email Max
 max@thestoryfarm.org or go to www.TheStoryFarm.org

*Max Timm and The Story Farm does not and can not guarantee that we will get your script into the hands of producers, managers, agents, or studio executives, nor does The Story Farm claim official connection to any studio. The Story Farm will, however, promise to help you develop the very best script possible and, if/when deemed ready, will reach out to industry professionals on your behalf.

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."

Course curriculum

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    • Enrolling in The Story Farm Coaching and Script Development Service

Reviews

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An Amazing Experience

Daniel Smith

The Story Farm has been an amazing experience. Max is a fantastic coach, and always willing to push you to go that extra step so that your writing sparkles. ...

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The Story Farm has been an amazing experience. Max is a fantastic coach, and always willing to push you to go that extra step so that your writing sparkles. I came into the program with an idea for a story and a lifetime of bad writing habits. Max's technique whipped me into shape while helping me find the story I really wanted to tell, and guided me in working out all the details before I ever opened a copy of Final Draft. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to any writer who wishes they could make their 1st draft feel more like a 5th.

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Fantastic in so many ways!

Kelly McKain

I am four months into my year of coaching with Max and it has far exceeded my (already high!) expectations. I’m amazed by how much I have learnt already and ...

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I am four months into my year of coaching with Max and it has far exceeded my (already high!) expectations. I’m amazed by how much I have learnt already and by how far forward my projects have moved since we began. Max is such an easy person to work with, and his insights are invaluable – he gives the perfect balance of space for you to reflect and learn for yourself, and very specific notes and suggestions on your scripts. Over the last few days I confidently tackled a huge structural rework of a script, and couldn’t believe how assured I’d become in what I was doing. Of course there’s far more to learn – and I’m looking forward to it! Max has also made a fantastic introduction to a contact of his for me, so now I have a very talented manager too, who can bring my TV work together with other parts of my IP, as I am an established fiction writer and am also venturing into the world of VR storytelling. I can’t recommend the coaching highly enough – it’s like having a personal, tailored MA in screenwriting, a talented script editor and an knowledgeable industry guide all in one!

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Max Timm and Story Farm Set The Bar

mugs cahill

I'm not one who needs my hand held to get through a project, but Max's style of personal coaching lets me know he's right there when I am looking for a bit m...

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I'm not one who needs my hand held to get through a project, but Max's style of personal coaching lets me know he's right there when I am looking for a bit more. And, the script development process with Story Farm is supportive, insightful and gets right to the heart of what is and is not working. The guidance has been invaluable.

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Next Level Development

David Baugnon

I've been a screenwriter for 20 years (and a teacher of screenwriting for 10 of those years), and who you choose to share your screenplay with for notes is a...

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I've been a screenwriter for 20 years (and a teacher of screenwriting for 10 of those years), and who you choose to share your screenplay with for notes is a crucial decision, one I don't take lightly. In the wrong hands, your ideas can get crushed or worse, praised. What every writer needs is that talented person who can help take your work to the next level, no matter how far it's been developed. I've only been working with Max and The Story Farm for a few months, but I already feel like I have a champion in Max - someone who believes in my work and knows how to push me, and the work, forward.

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I highly recommend The Story Farm!

Diane Lansing

After working with Max Timm for a few years now, I have to say my scripts have never been tighter. Rewriting which can be daunting is much easier when workin...

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After working with Max Timm for a few years now, I have to say my scripts have never been tighter. Rewriting which can be daunting is much easier when working with someone with such a good eye and ear for story and dialogue. Beginning a new project with his guidance, (and deadlines!) inspires me to keep moving forward with my creative pursuits. I believe with Max, I will end up with a body of work that I can shop with pride.

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Stay on the write track

Craig Holland

One of the most difficult challenges for any writer is consistent output. Writing is a muscle that grows and develops as you exercise it. The only way to do ...

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One of the most difficult challenges for any writer is consistent output. Writing is a muscle that grows and develops as you exercise it. The only way to do that is to keep writing and re-writing over time. I was looking for a coach who would not only help me keep up the pace by giving me deadlines and pushing me to finish projects...but I was also looking for someone to help me not get bogged down on any one area of a screenplay or story. Max is wonderful at giving me notes promptly on the scenes I submit to him. His comments are always spot-on and insightful. He helps me know if I am going in the right direction or if I am straying off the beaten path. Hiring Max is like hiring a personal trainer for your writing. You’ll get much better results than being your own coach.

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