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

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.

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WEEK ONE: Sizzle, Lookbook, Demo, Mood, or Trailer? ||
Lecture: The Difference Between Terms & Presentation & What They Mean to Writers & Artists

WEEK TWO: The Writer’s Reel & Lookbook ||
Lecture: How to Distinguish Yourself as an Artist in Presentation & How to Do It Right

WEEK THREE: One Project or a Body of Work? ||
Lecture: The Benefits of Promoting One Project vs. Promoting Self & a Body of Work

WEEK FOUR: Creation & Distribution ||
Lecture: How to Use a Reel & Lookbook to Gain Attention & Support for a Pitch

WEEK FIVE: Impact & Pitfalls ||
Lecture: How Reels Fail & How Reels Succeed – A Study in Examples

WEEK SIX: Strategy ||
Lecture: Tools & Strategies for Future Reel & Lookbook Plans

WEEK SEVEN: Grace Week ||
No Lecture

  • Why producer presentations are not right for writers & artists in the industry
  • Presentation strategies for artists
  • Proof of concept
  • Lookbook examples & strategies
  • Block structure formats
  • Reel examples & strategies
  • Why the written word is not your lookbook’s friend
  • Comparison examples: The do’s & don’ts of professional presenation
  • Sources for found art & how to use it
  • Presentations for single projects, bodies of work, and an artist’s personal showcase reel
  • And more —


  • A lookbook & reel presentation for a [completed or in progress] project you bring to class.

The Writer’s Reel is a master 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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Ratings and Reviews

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What's your experience? We'd love to know!
Tonia Kempler
Posted 3 years ago
Outrageously Fun!

This is a fantastic class for anyone ready to step outside their comfort zone and gain the skills necessary to take your career to the next level.

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Debi Yazbeck
Posted 3 years ago
Quick visuals to share

Max taught me how to condense my story into almost no words, just flavored visuals that sweep the viewer into the world I've created. And the viewer needs to spend less than two minutes to understand what I'm telling. Brilliant!

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Peter Andrews
Posted 3 years ago
Show up for the side effects

As a typical introvert writer, I did this to get out of my comfort zone. As it turned out, I wasn't pushed, I was enticed. Part of this was because of things I didn't expect in terms of new perspectives on myself and a writer and unexpected imagery. I think of these as side effects (still an introvert). You might think of them as bonuses.

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Jodi Lustig
Posted 3 years ago
The Perfect Crash Course for Writers Who Would Happily Hide Behind Their Desks FOREVER

Writers write. Right? If your work's good, it gets out there into the world. Somehow. I'm too much of a goody goody to say I don't believe the universe can be benevolent. But sometimes the universe could use a huge helping hand. I came out of this class with a gorgeous lookbook and the crazy (for me) confidence that I could "put myself out there" like a pro. Take it. It's a game changer.

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Joan Philo
Posted 3 years ago
So freakin' awesome is Max Adam's "The Writer's Reel"!

Max Adam’s “The Writer’s Reel” opened my eyes to create a visual story in a lookbook that can sell your script. From my original pretty crappy first attempt to a total mini-masterpiece visual of my story. Thanks, Max! Highly recommend. Joan Philo

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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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