Story Consulting & Script Development

Like a personal trainer for your writing! | taught by Max Timm

Course description

Meet your writing goals with The Story Farm

10% off 6-month or 12-month coaching options before August 1 - email Max@TheStoryFarm.org and mention the discount in the email


What is The Story Farm?

Like a personal trainer for your writing (only much less expensive)

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.

With weekly, one-on-one phone calls that deliver specific notes on the ongoing development of multiple projects, 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 for the long-term.

The Story Farm can also help the writers submit their projects to industry professionals once the script is deemed ready for submission. Script options or purchases, or even representation, are not guaranteed, though The Story Farm will guarantee thorough support and guidance where education and specific project development is concerned.

We're looking for writers who are dedicated to their long term careers, and while we can and do work with writers who have one script they intend to finish and polish, it is suggested that Story Farm writers prepare for a long term career in this screenwriting business. We can help!

Contact max@thestoryfarm.org for more details


Want to know the specifics?

Brainstorming, feedback DURING your rewrite process

Thorough notes every week

A development consultant giving and holding you to weekly deadlines

A champion for you and your projects once the script is finished

Plus a bunch more...

Weekly phone meetings

Unlimited evaluations

Brainstorming sessions

Submission to producers and managers (when the script is ready)

Marketing and Brand coaching

Pitch practicing

Adapting your novel into a screenplay (or vice versa)

Weekly online coursework to keep you on track

Of the writers currently enrolled in The Story Farm, over half of them have received options, representation, and/or won major contests in less than a year.


Please see below for pricing. To find out more and to schedule a no-obligation phone consult to discuss your goals and how The Story Farm can work for you...

Email Max at max@thestoryfarm.org


The Story Farm Goal:

To get your material to a place that is ready for industry submission, and launch your career (regardless of your experience)!

The writer can work on as many projects as he/she wishes during the duration of the service, but it is The Story Farm's intent to get a writer to finish FOUR projects in one year/12 months (this includes rewrites).

You can read reviews from fellow writers if you scroll to the bottom.

Pricing Options:

Inquire with max@thestoryfarm.org

NEW! The Anytime Packages 

The 4-Pack: four calls to be used at any time within a six-month time period - $499

*Includes one full script read and evaluation

The 6-Pack: six calls to be used at any time within a 12-month time period - $699

*Includes three full script reads and evaluations

The 8-Pack: eight calls to be used at any time within a 12-month time period - $899

*Includes four full script reads and evaluations


Our Core Focus

(prices for working with Max Timm are not listed - please inquire)

Weekly Coaching & Professional Development

  • 12 months of The Story Farm: $349/month x 12 months or $3699 if paid in full save $489
  • 6 months of The Story Farm: $399/month x 6 months or $2099 if paid in full save $295
  • 3 months of The Story Farm: $439/month x 3 months or $1249 if paid in full save $68

    Please contact Max at max@thestoryfarm.org to review the best option for you


Email or call Max Timm to review your writing goals, intentions, and how The Story Farm can help. We can put together a plan for you and your writing in 2018.
max@thestoryfarm.org
Call Max directly with questions: 323-916-1979

Meet Some of Our Story Farm Coaches

(Details and bio for the founder of The Story Farm, Max Timm, can be found by scrolling down.)

If interested in applying to The Story Farm, please email Max
 max@thestoryfarm.org
Please email a very brief bio of your experience as a writer, any and all accolades you have received, education level, and your intentions as a creative writer, director, actor, etc.
*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 ready, will reach out to industry professionals on your behalf.
Max Timm
Max Timm
Lead Mentor and Instructor

The Director of Education & Outreach with the International Screenwriters’ Association, President of The Story Farm, and with over a decade of experience in developing material and writers’ careers, Max Timm's focus with the ISA is to build a creative community and bring ISA writers closer to ISA Industry Professionals. 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 program with the ISA, submitting writers’ projects on their behalf and helping them launch their careers – ten writers received options and representation to date because of Max’s assistance and support. His Story Farm Service develops working writers 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, manager, and screenwriting instructor, Max is a screenwriter and author himself. His debut novel, a young adult fantasy adventure titled The WishKeeperabout 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. Max has also served as a part-time instructor at UCLA, and travels nationally and internationally speaking at a multitude of industry events such as the Sundance Film Festival, 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 here.

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Reviews (6)

Fantastic in so many ways!

by 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 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!

Next Level Development

by 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 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.

Max Timm and Story Farm Set The Bar

by 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 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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Fantastic in so many ways!

by 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 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!

Next Level Development

by 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 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.

Max Timm and Story Farm Set The Bar

by 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 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.

Stay on the write track

by 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 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.

I highly recommend The Story Farm!

by 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 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.

An Amazing Experience

by 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. 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.