5150 THE WORKSHOP
5150 is a private online international screenwriting workshop run by screenwriter Max Adams. The 5150 Workshop provides screenwriters a place in which to give and receive feedback on works in progress, finished scripts, concepts in development, and marketing strategies — within a private, safe, pro writer online community.
A majority of 5150 members are AFW and Max class and workshop alumni. All workshop members are screened before admission and must exhibit talent, skill, craft, drive and an ability to play well with others.
The minimum commitment to the workshop is three months. 5150 is not a short term commitment. It is expected participants will be with the workshop for an extended period of time and give back as much as they take.
There are weekly online chats on Thursday nights and at times guest lecturers attend chats. Past guests include Jeff Lowell [Spin City, The Drew Carey Show], David Trottier [The Screenwriter’s Bible], Franklin Leonard [The Black List], Terri Edda Miller [Castle], Eric Red [The Hitcher], Shawna Benson [The 100], Terry Rossio [Shrek, Pirates of the Carribean] — and others.
5150 members’ experience ranges from rank beginners exhibiting phenomenal talent to veteran pros. The workshop cap is 25 members. The workshop is housed in a private forum in the AFW Forum. The workshop is run by screenwriter Max Adams. Workshop monthly dues are $29.95 ||
If you wish to apply for membership, please send email.
BEFORE APPLYING TO 5150 YOU AGREE TO:
1] You understand 5150 is a private forum and issues and private works discussed and critiqued therein may only be discussed therein and/or among fellow workshop participants and you will not discuss or distribute same outside these hallowed electronic walls or with non-workshop participants outside the 5150 workshop forum.
2] The works posted in 5150 are the private intellectual property of their original posters and any contributions, comments, and/or advice posted in response by you as a participating critiquer within the forum are given freely, no strings attached, and do not in any way shape or form constitute or entitle you to monetary and/or future compensation, benefits, credit or claims on materials posted by participants in 5150 for critique.
3] You understand participation in the 5150 forum is a privilege, not a guarantee or entitlement, and that disruption of the forum and/or malicious or unhelpful critiques are grounds for termination of your participation in the forum and, if you participate in either activity, you will be unceremoniously dumped on your butt outside the forum gates and left to thirst to death in the electronic wilderness, no ifs ands or buts.
4] You understand that, while the 5150 forum is provided by and supported by SeeMaxRun and 440Films, no promises of critique, option, purchase, or promotion of works posted in the 5150 forum have been made to participants by Max Adams, SeeMaxRun, or 440Films, and while forum moderators will attempt to monitor behaviors of participants, you participate in workshops at your own risk and the forum owners, moderators and operators cannot be held responsible for or warrantee the actions or behaviors of workshop participants nor do forum owners, moderators or operators claim liability or responsibility for the actions of workshop participants.
5] You promise on a stack of bibles you are not a workshop tourist and you have works in progress you wish to have critiqued and reviewed in workshop, and you agree to post a minimum of one work per month for critique by other workshoppers [a one to twelve page scene or sequence of scenes or a logline/query for review] and to do a minimum of three critiques per month of works posted by other workshop members. And that is the minimum, folks, really, you are expected to do better than just phone it in.
6] You acknowledge anonymity does not work in workshops and participate under your full legal name. Which you will back up, before admission, with legal documentation like a passport or driver’s license or state ID. We do not kid around about that.
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Max Adams has been a keen mentor, champion and cheerleader. Her online classes have provided me with very specific and important screenwriting tools. My short script, Minerva’s War, was a 2014 Finalist at the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival in Beverly Hills as a direct result of learning and applying these techniques.