A Six Week Online Master Screenwriting Course
Studying with Max Adams
Course Dates: 09.10.24
Course Fee: $475 || Course Deposit: $150
Course Location:  ONLINE

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.



WEEK ONE: Character Intros & Set Ups ||
Lecture: Authorial Intrusion is Your Friend

WEEK TWO: Protagonists vs. Antagonists ||
Lecture: Chatting With Aristotle or, Whose Story Is It?

WEEK THREE: Empathy vs. Likability ||
Lecture: Use Flaws Don’t Lose Flaws

WEEK FOUR: Using & Defining Character Goals ||
Lecture: No Goal Equals No Character

WEEK FIVE: POV Characters ||
Lecture: Taking A Page From Terry Rossio

WEEK SIX: Secondary Characters & Subplots ||
Lecture: Illuminate or Perish

WEEK SEVEN: Grace Week ||
No Lecture


  • Cornerstone elements of character
  • Who the story belongs to & why
  • Protagonist want vs protagonist need
  • Characters & features
  • Characters & series
  • Character & plot
  • Subplot characters
  • Character introductions that impact
  • Point of View characters
  • Antagonists & plot focus
  • The three primary character arcs
  • Supporting characterization with dialogue
  • Supporting characterization with action
  • “Likable” vs “Interesting” 
  • And more —
  • Actionable craft tools that, implemented in your own scripts, will immediately improve your existing & future feature and television scripts, ceating stronger characters who are more dynamic and arresting on the page and on the screen — creating stronger appeal for readers & industry professionals considering material for option, purchase, development, attachment and production.


CHARACTER WRITING is a master screenwriting class. If you are a new student, a writing sample will be requested prior to final acceptance into the class. In rare instances in which you are not accepted into the class, your course deposit will be returned.

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What's your experience? We'd love to know!
Marjorie McRae
Posted 1 year ago
At your own risk

You might fall in love with reading screenplays, with learning what a powerful character introduction is, with the process of writing and it might take over your whole life. Max is a genius. Plain and simple. And, I will be in her next two classes.

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Debi Yazbeck
Posted 3 years ago
Characters are everything

If characters are flat, I don't care how good the story is, I'm gonna lose interest. Characters are flawed whether they're protagonists, antagonists, supporting roles. They need to suck and occasionally shine. Max makes us dig deep and try to find facets to these personalities we're spending months or even years living with. Why would we shirk getting to know them? Don't! Take this course.

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Nektarios Chrissos
Posted 3 years ago
I was weak with characters in my screenplays. Now I'm not.

This aspect of storytelling was my Achilles's heel. And this course taught me how to introduce , describe and handle distinct and memorable characters in my screenplays. The techniques introduced in this course are true screenwriting hacks from a screenwriting warrior that has learnt and practiced her screenwriting in the Hollywood battlefields.

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Author & Award Winning Screenwriter Max Adams

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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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