THE ACADEMY OF FILM WRITING

ONLINE MASTER SCREENWRITING CLASSES

from author & award winning screenwriter max adams

Six Week Master Courses

DIALOGUE WRITING || ONLINE MASTER COURSE

Dialogue Writing is an accelerated screenwriting master class studying online with author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. During six weeks of advanced study, students will analyze produced scripts and film clips provided in class, complete advanced course assignments and exercises, and participate in weekly online discussions reviewing and analyzing course materials and dialogue assignments with Max Adams.

MASTERING STORY MOMENTUM || ONLINE MASTER COURSE

Mastering Story Momentum is an accelerated screenwriting master class studying online with author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. During six weeks of advanced study, students will study and analyze pacing models, analyze produced scripts and film clips provided in class, complete advanced course assignments and exercises, and participate in weekly online discussions reviewing and analyzing course materials and course assignments with Max Adams.

THE WRITER’S REEL || ONLINE MASTER COURSE

The Writer’s Reel is an accelerated screenwriting master class studying online with author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. During six weeks of advanced study, students will analyze clips, reels, articles, story boards, and presentations provided in class, complete advanced course assignments and exercises, and participate in weekly online discussions reviewing and analyzing course materials and reel assignments with Max Adams.

VISUAL WRITING || ONLINE MASTER COURSE

Visual Writing is an accelerated screenwriting master class studying online with author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. During six weeks of advanced study, students will study the three foundations of scene visuals, analyze produced scripts and film clips provided in class, complete advanced course assignments and exercises, and participate in weekly online discussions reviewing and analyzing course materials and course assignments with Max Adams.

HIGH CONCEPT WRITING || ONLINE MASTER COURSE

High Concept Writing is an accelerated screenwriting master class studying online with author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. During six weeks of advanced study, students will study and analyze the five core elements of concept, study examples in produced scripts and film clips provided in class, complete advanced course assignments and exercises, and participate in weekly online discussions reviewing and analyzing course materials and concept assignments with Max Adams.

DYNAMIC WRITING || ONLINE MASTER COURSE

Dynamic Writing is an accelerated screenwriting master class studying online with author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. During six weeks of advanced study, students will learn the cornerstones of screen motion on the page and on the screen, analyze produced scripts and film clips provided in class, complete advanced course assignments and exercises, and participate in weekly online discussions reviewing and analyzing course materials and course assignments with Max Adams.

CHARACTER WRITING || ONLINE MASTER COURSE

Character Writing is an accelerated screenwriting master class studying online with author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. During six weeks of advanced study, students will analyze the cornerstones of character, study produced scripts and film clips provided in class, complete advanced course assignments and exercises, and participate in weekly online discussions reviewing and analyzing course materials and character assignments with Max Adams.

THE ART OF THE PITCH || ONLINE MASTER COURSE

The Art of the Pitch is an accelerated screenwriting master class studying online with author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. During six weeks of advanced study, students will analyze pitch break downs, clips, and structural models provided in class, complete advanced course assignments and exercises, and participate in weekly online discussions reviewing and analyzing course materials and pitch assignments with Max Adams.

THE FIRST 30 PAGES || ONLINE MASTER COURSE

The First 30 Pages is an accelerated screenwriting master class studying online with author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. During six weeks of advanced study, students will study story opening models provided in class, complete advanced course assignments and exercises, submit the first thirty pages of a [completed or in progress] feature script for analysis & review, and will participate in weekly online discussions reviewing and analyzing assignments and students’ submitted pages with Max Adams.

Video Master Courses

MASTERING STORY MOMENTUM || VIDEO MASTER COURSE

Mastering Story Momentum is an eight part online video master screenwriting class. Full course running time is two & a half hours. Mastering Story Momentum is a member of the structure & pacing class set from TheAFW and author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. Mastering Story Momentum is available both as a video course and as a six week online course studying with Max Adams.

THE ART OF THE PITCH || VIDEO MASTER COURSE

The Art of the Pitch is an eight part online video master screenwriting class. Full course running time is two & a half hours. The Art of the Pitch is a member of the pitching & industry class set from TheAFW and author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. The Art of the Pitch is available both as a video course and as a six week online course studying with Max Adams.

DIALOGUE WRITING || VIDEO MASTER COURSE

Dialogue Writing is an eight part online video master screenwriting class. Full course running time is two & a half hours. Dialogue Writing is a member of the character class set from TheAFW and author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. Dialogue Writing is available both as a video course and as a six week online course studying with Max Adams.

CHARACTER WRITING || VIDEO MASTER COURSE

Character Writing is an eight part online video master screenwriting class. Full course running time is two & a half hours. Character Writing is a member of the character class set from TheAFW and author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. Character Writing is available both as a video course and as a six week online course studying with Max Adams.

VISUAL WRITING || VIDEO MASTER COURSE

Visual Writing is an eight part online video master screenwriting class. Full course running time is two & a half hours. Visual Writing is a member of the visuals & motion class set from TheAFW and author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. Visual Writing is available both as a video course and as a six week online course studying with Max Adams.

DYNAMIC WRITING || VIDEO MASTER COURSE

Dynamic Writing is an eight part online video master screenwriting class. Full course running time is two & a half hours. Dynamic Writing is a member of the visuals & motion class set from TheAFW and author & award winning screenwriter Max Adams. Dynamic Writing is available both as a video course and as a six week online course studying with Max Adams.

Weekend Labs

LAB: the logline

Still struggling with loglines? We are going to be covering things like the two types of loglines, using tone in loglines, when stakes apply and when they do not in loglines, the importance of the word “must,” the mindset of an industry logline reader, why metaphors and adjectives are not your logline’s friend — and much much more.

COURSE DATES

2021 SIX WEEK MASTER COURSE SCHEDULE
2021 LAB SCHEDULE
09.25.21: Logline Lab

*labs are new, stay tuned for new labs

Testimonials

Author & Award Winning Screenwriter Max Adams

Your Instructor

MAX ADAMS is an author and award winning screenwriter. She has written for Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Universal Pictures — and a couple others to remain unnamed because no one around here wants to get black listed.

Max is a former volunteer AFI Alumni reader and WGAw online mentor, has appeared as a speaker at, among other places, AMPAS, USC, and Film Arts Foundation, is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Utah and a former lecturer & instructor at New York Film Academy, is the author of The Screenwriter’s Survival Guide AND The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide, is the founder of two international online screenwriting workshops and has the dubious distinction of having been dubbed “Red Hot Adams” by Daily Variety for selling three pitches over a holiday weekend — which made her agents cry.

[In a good way.]

She answers now to both “Max” and “Red Hot” in crowds and dog parks.

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