The Craft Course - with Support

Personal consulting that paces you, one step at a time | taught by Max Timm

Course description

A comprehensive course that includes personal support and coaching on a weekly basis that will help you complete a quality first draft within 90 days. Get the same support LA-based writers get, but from the comfort of your own home! The most affordable online course in the industry, you will develop your next screenplay from start to finish with a helping hand along the way.

Whether you’re an emerging or experienced writer, this class will motivate and inspire you to complete your 1st draft or perform a rewrite on existing material. Whether it’s a TV pilot or feature, your instructor will work with you to complete the best draft possible, and discover the quality of your 1st draft to be more like that of a 3rd or 4th draft.

So jump in and get ready to write!

With the amount of material that is covered in this course, and with weekly online support and creative help, you will not find a more inexpensive course on screenwriting that offers as much as The Craft Course. The ISA 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 had you tried to go this route alone.

Interested in being evaluated for the ISA Development Program? Check out The Craft Course with Support & Evaluation.

"I can tell you that your blueprint has certainly made screenwriting so much easier for me. I've finished another script and am working on another one. I just enjoy it so much. I could hardly wait to tell you that while I was enrolled, I simultaneously applied all that I learned to a comedic 1/2 hr pilot script and my work was requested (by a top agency)! I am confident that it would never have been requested had I not applied what I learned about the 12 sequences. The guidance and wisdom you shared is helping some of us share amazing stories that we otherwise would not have known how to. Thank you!"

- Dr. Kentrell Liddel

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Max Timm
Max Timm
Lead Mentor and Instructor

The Director of Education with the International Screenwriters’ Association, President of The Story Farm, and VP of Development for Creative Screenwriter Productions, Max has 15 years of experience in developing material and writers’ careers. His focus with the ISA is to build a creative community and bring ISA writers closer to 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 slate with the ISA, submitting writers’ projects on their behalf and helping them launch their careers – 19 writers have received options and representation to date because of Max’s assistance and support. His Story Farm consulting 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 worldwide 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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Course Curriculum

Week 1 - Voice, Loglines, and Establishing Your Project
Class Introduction - Getting Started
Voice, and Voice Pressure Points
Voice: Finding It, Evolving It, Embracing It
Assignment: Voice Pressure Points
The Logline - Yes, It's Extremely Important
Logline Breakdown Process
Audio: Logline Breakdown Process
Assignment: Write Your Loglines
Until Next Time
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Week 2 - Story Bullets & The Beginning of Structural Writing
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
Structural Writing and Prepping the 1st Act
Audio: Structural Writing and Prepping The 1st Act
Assignments: 1st Act, and Character Set-Up
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Week 3 - Structural 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
Assignments: Your Story - Piece By Piece
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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
Titling Your Beats
Assignments: Writing Your Script in Outline Form
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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
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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!
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Week 7 - Great Dialogue, Killer Action, and Proper Formatting
What Makes For Great Dialogue?
Audio: What Makes For Great Dialogue?
Proper Screenplay Format
Assignment: Page Writing - Finally!
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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
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Week 9 - Script Deadline - Three Weeks from Today!
Deadline and Material Submission Reminder
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Week 10 - Script Deadline - Two Weeks From Today!
You Have 336 Hours!
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Week 11 - Script Deadline - Final Week!
Deadline Deadline! Your Final Week
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Your Script Deadline is TODAY
The Time Is Now!
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