Online master courses open each week Monday at midnight with a lecture, viewing clips, assigned reading material, and a weekly written assignment.
The course goals are to study, learn and master writing tools and techniques that can be implemented immediately to elevate and strengthen students' writing projects and scripts. All assignments are reviewed personally by Max – and by fellow students. Review of fellow students' assignments and Max's reviews of each gives students a broader learning experience studying writing techniques explored in class.
Each week students and Max meet for a one hour online real time chat. Class chats are usually scheduled Thursday nights at 7 PM EST, 8 PM EST and at 9 PM EST. In rare instances, chat times are scheduled midday to accommodate international students attending classes.
Online master screenwriting course admission studying personally with Max Adams requires submission of a writing sample and Max Adams' approval prior to acceptance into class. There is an eight person cap on online master screenwriting courses.
To apply for admission to an online master class studying personally with Max Adams, you must send email. Please apply early to reserve you seat and tell us a little bit about your writing experience and background in your email.
She is a former volunteer AFI Alumni reader and WGAw online mentor, has appeared as a speaker at AMPAS, USC, and Film Arts Foundation, is a former University of Utah and New York Film Academy instructor, is the author of The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide, and is the founder of two international online screenwriting workshops including the semi-notorious 5150.
In addition to screenwriting, Max is a published author, journalist, short fiction writer, essayist, humorist, and produced playwright & radio writer.
WEEK ONE: What the First 30 Pages Do ||
Lecture: Set Up, Illuminate — Launch!
WEEK TWO: Images & Expectations ||
Lecture: Speed Demons & the First 10 Pages
WEEK THREE: Premature Ejaculation ||
Lecture: Why Opening on a Climax Usually Fails
WEEK FOUR: The Lies You Were Told About Characters ||
Lecture: "Character" Does Not Equal "Résumé"
WEEK FIVE: Heavy Reading ||
Lecture: Thirty Pages Under the Microscope
WEEK SIX: Resurrection ||
Lecture: Reevaluating Repetition & Pacing & How to Remove — Repetition
WEEK SEVEN: Grace Week ||
Assigned script materials, additional reading materials and clips are provided in class.
Weekly class chats are one hour and take place in AFW's private online chatrooms on Thursday nights at 7 PM EST, 8 PM EST, or 9 PM EST. (On rare occasions, class chat is scheduled Fridays.)
A short writing sample is required for admission to this course – 5-10 script pages saved as a PDF is a good sized writing sample. Please have a writing sample ready to submit BEFORE applying.
There is an 8 person cap on this course. Please apply early to reserve your seat.
If I'm a returning AFW student do I need to submit a writing sample?
No. If Max is already familiar with your writing, just email us and you are in.
What should I include in email applying for the course?
•Your name. (Not kidding. People forget that part.)
•Something about your writing background & any prior writing experience and study or industry experience.
•The AFW class(es) you're applying for (include dates).
•Be ready to submit a writing sample when you apply.
What if I'm not a writer, I'm an industry pro in another activity?
•If you're an industry pro wishing to study craft, but not to submit writing or pages, The First 30 Pages is probably not the best course for you. The First 30 Pages is a heavy lifting structure course and is reading & writing intensive.
•If you are bringing pages? Let's talk. I will need a personal writing sample from everyone applying to this particular course though.
Is it a deal breaker if I cannot attend scheduled weekly chats?
No. It's optimal if you can attend scheduled chats in person, but this is often an issue for international students and life happens. If you cannot attend a scheduled chat in person, a chat transcript is saved each week for students who could not attend chat in person that week.
May I register for more than one in-person course during the same course period?
Yes. This is common on university campuses and it's no different here. Assume a minimum of four hours per week per class and, if you believe you can swing that, talk to Max about simultaneous class sessions.
*Caveat: Some classes are more time intensive than others, (hint, this is one of those classes), if we think you're trying to take on too much at once, especially with the structure courses, we will tell you so.
Hey I emailed an age ago & haven't heard back. What's up with that?
Odds are we did respond and our response is sitting in your spam folder. Check your spam folder and maybe white list theafw.com to make sure that doesn't happen again.
Why might my course application be turned down?
Usually, the writing sample is not yet strong enough for admission to a course this advanced. The in-person courses are high intensity and fast moving. We won't admit you if, based on the submitted writing sample, we don't believe you will be able to keep up.
When is Tuition Due?
•A course deposit is required at the time of application and acceptance into the course.
•Final tuition is billed two weeks before the course opens and must be received at least three days before the course opening date.
Are Course Deposits Refundable?
No. Once we receive your course deposit, we hold your seat and that seat is no longer available to other course applicants. There is an eight person cap on the course. If you cost us a seat, it will cost you your deposit.