Coming in July, online master screenwriting classes Character Writing and Visual Writing begin July 11th. Please register early to reserve your seat in class.

Character Writing, an online master class in screenwriting from the AFW

Visual Writing: An Online Master Screenwriting Class

 

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may writing frenzy!

April 26, 2017


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What’s up in May? Bunches. For one thing, we’ll find out whether the WGA and AMPTP come to an agreement on contracts or don’t — if they don’t, screenwriters are going on strike on May 2.

That has me a little tense.





The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition deadline hits May 1. Ahhh!

Did you enter?





After you collapse post Nicholl deadline and WGA/AMPTP strike trauma, I’m teaching three master screenwriting classes that begin May 16:


:::THE ART OF THE PITCH:::

:::DIALOGUE WRITING:::

:::THE FIRST 30 PAGES:::


NO PRESSURE!

But you might want to grab those seats now if you are planning on attending, I’m seating those classes now.




*There are several other competition deadlines on the horizon to be aware of:

:::SCREENWRITING COMPETITIONS & DEADLINES 2017:::

Knock ’em dead.





 

Momentum Writing: AKA The Pacing Life Raft

 

Character Writing: An Online Master Screenwriting Class

 

Dynamic Writing, an Online Master Screenwriting Class

 

As I type this there are only 9 seats left in Mastering Story Momentum. You might want to hit that before it’s full.

 

Whut?

 

Exactly.

 

Smooches.

Yours truly is teaming up with Stage 32 again to bring you a new Stage 32 Next Level Webinar: Mastering Story Momentum: How to Jump Start Dramatic Tension & Pacing.

Here’s the intro clip.

 

Hope you can make it.

 

Smooches.

 

~ m

 

:::FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE MASTERING STORY MOMENTUM WEBINAR::

 

september!

September 4, 2016

 

September is mildly crazed because I have two weeks off in late August early September between AFW classes to do just about everything I don’t have time to do while AFW classes are in session. So, it’s time off — with no time off.

 

This is not a bad thing. Part of what I need to do between classes is re-watch movies for classes and such. And also catch up on movies. Oh the horror! [Not really. This is part of the best part of my job.]

 

Classes do start back up September 13th and I should tell you about those. On the horizon, High Concept Writing AND The First 30 Pages. You should check them out.

 

The First 30 Pages, an online screenwriting class taught by screenwriter Max Adams

 

High Concept Writing, an online screenwriting class taught by screenwriter Max Adams

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my favorite musians

August 25, 2016

 

Pretty ShoesSometimes —

I get bored talking about me so let’s talk about something more fun.

Let’s talk about my shoes!

Yay!

[Just kidding.]

[Not really, my shoes are totally fun.]

[But.]

Online Master Screenwriting Classes in September.

You know I have to do that right? It is sort of my job.

Oops.

 



:::HIGH CONCEPT WRITING:::

:::THE FIRST 30 PAGES:::

*Also a beginners screenwriting class with Gotham:

:::BEGINNERS WITH GOTHAM BY MAX:::

 


 

Are you still here? Holding out for the musicians?

You so get the prize.

Yay!

[I am by the way not telling you why they are my favorites. Don’t be nosy. Jeez.]

Brian Sykes
David Feldthouse [Sorry DF only does FB pages, not my fault ahhh!]
David Houston

 


 

You’re welcome, Internetz.

Smooch!

 

Your Shoe Crazy
Screenwriting Teaching
Musician Loving
Adams Girl

 

the haps

January 30, 2016

 

The January Stage 32 webinar went well. If you could not catch it live, never fear, you can still watch it online on Stage 32: :::CRASH COURSE: WRITING DYNAMIC SCENES:::

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Also, if you missed the December Stage 32 webinar, that is still available to watch too: :::CRASH COURSE: HIGH CONCEPT WRITING:::

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There is an open seat in the online screenwriting workshop 5150. For more info, hit :::5150 THE WORKSHOP:::

There is also fun new January news over on the AFW site. If you have not been keeping up with the January movers & shakers, what’s wrong with you? :::GO SEE:::

Also, The Screenwriter’s Survival Guide has some fun new reviews over on Amazon. :::CHECK OUT THE NEW AMAZON REVIEWS:::

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I am working too hard this month and am sorry I am neglecting you. But —

Never fear.

February is Max Mas yay!

I will for sure be back and posting then.

 

new webinar ahoy

January 12, 2016

 

Max Adams, Stage 32, Webiar, Crash Course, Writing Dynamic Scenes

 

This coming January 26th I’m teaming up with Stage 32 on a new Next Level Education Webinar:

Crash Course: Writing Dynamic Scenes

You were wondering what all that clip frenzy was about, right?

:::GO SEE:::

 

my poor neglected forum

January 6, 2016

 

The AFW Online Writers' Forum

 

The forum is not, technically, all that neglected. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes in private workshop and classroom forums. But the public forum is terribly neglected.

I blame this on the great forum explosion of 2010. There was so much mad scrambling to do damage control and retrieval for the workshop and classes during that melt down, the public forum just got completely left in the scrambled tatters and never picked up again.

But there is a public forum.

It is a bit tragic is is so under utilized.

It exists pretty much entirely in one forum:

You can check out some of the topics if you’re inclined:

CLASSES || ONLINE & IN PERSON

BOOKS | PERIODICALS | WHAT’S IN PRINT

FILM TALK

CONFERENCES | COMPETITIONS | EVENTS | FESTIVALS

TV TALK [MIT SPOILERS]

LINKS | BLOGS | ARTICLES | ONLINE RESOURCES | A COLLECTION

THE 2016 50 SCREENPLAYS CHALLENGE

 

 

 

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Every time I create a new class and have blocked it all out, I think I’m incredibly smart planning it out and writing and titling lectures and thinking up assignments and putting together study material and clips. By the time I have the class and lectures and materials outlined and put together I think I’m the cat’s meow, all that figured out and done and done!

But that never works. Not right up front.

It’s just like a script.

 


 

I figure it out. I lay it out. I plot it out. I think, THIS TIME, it’s all figured out, THERE WILL BE NO REWRITES!

And then.

After it’s all put together the way I thought it would work, I see ways to make it better. And start tearing things out and switching things out and rewriting and reorganizing…

 


 

All of which means I just spent the entire weekend rearranging, rewriting, and reorganizing the new January class The First 30 Pages.

What the Hell, Max?

 


 

What’s really annoying is it is better.

Dammit! That is not incentive to not do this again!

 


 

I wonder if this happens to architects.

It’s easy — okay it is a royal pain but still easier — for me to rip about changing the order of information and words than it is for someone who has just had a cement mixer pour a foundation.

It’s got to be trickier when someone has poured concrete.

 


 

Dear God:

Thank you for making me a writer and not an architect.

Those jackhammers and chisels would be the end of me.

 

Love and Kisses,

Your Favorite No Concrete Adams Girl

 

 

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