5150 The Workshop

5150 is a private online international screenwriting workshop run by author and award winning screenwriter Max Adams. The 5150 Workshop exists to provide screenwriters a place in which they may provide and receive peer feedback on works in progress, finished scripts, concepts in development, and marketing strategies for launching new projects — within a private, safe, pro writer online community.

5150 workshoppers' experience ranges from rank beginners exhibiting phenomenal talent to veteran pros. The workshop cap is 25 members. Minimum participation requirements are 1 upload of pages from a work in progress and 3 reviews of short or long works posted for review per month.

The workshop is housed in a private forum on AFW. The minimum commitment to the workshop is three months. All workshop members are screened before admission, must submit a writing sample [5-10 script pages saved as a PDF], and must exhibit talent, skill, craft, drive and an ability to play well with others.

Workshop monthly dues are $29.95 || Dues are paid quarterly || Three months dues [one quarter] are required prior to admission if accepted into the 5150 workshop.

To apply for admission to the 5150 Workshop, you must send email.

About Max Adams

Max Adams

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. Oops.

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.


  • "The input I got from Max Adams lifted my script, 'Redemption,' from a SemiFinalist to a Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting award winner."

    Patricia Burroughs
    Nicholl Fellowship Winner

  • "I've taken all of Max's classes and quite simply, her focused methods and attention to detail blow every other screenwriting class out of the water."

    Julie Howe
    Austin Film Festival Winner

  • "If you want someone to challenge you to dive deep and pull the BEST out of yourself, Max is that whip-smart coach, teacher, and mentor."

    Ana Maria Montoya
    Sundance Screenwriting Labs Winner

  • "Max Adams is one of the most knowledgeable and talented people in screenwriting that I know, all writers need to hear what Max Adams has to say."

    Kerry Valderamma
    Writer/Director: Garrison; Sanitarium

  • "Max is as smart, tough, and entertaining as she sounds in her book. It’s hard to imagine a better mentor."

    Al Finocchio
    Los Angeles Independent Film
    Festival Award Winner

  • "Max’s workshop was a transformative experience for me as a young writer."

    Gwenda Bond
    NYT Best Selling Author

  • "The brilliance of taking Max Adams’ classes is you start seeing improvement in your writing almost immediately."

    Toni McGee Causey
    USA Today Best Selling Author

  • "I carried Max's advice over to my fiction and have now sold & published five novels."

    Nancy Bilyeau
    International Award Winning Author

  • "Max Adams is the kind of smart, engaging teacher that made me want to be a better writer — and she helped me do it."

    Alvaro Rodriguez
    Staff Writer: From Dusk Till Dawn The Series; Chicago Fire

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