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



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:::


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


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.




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



Four AFW Online Master Screenwriting Classes Coming in January

max news

November 28, 2015

Max Adams

Max Adams, Evil Script Sprite Incorporated


So, things happening now and on the near horizon —

Right now — as in right right now and on through Monday — – I’m doing a Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal on script analysis.

On Wednesday, December 2nd, I’m doing a Stage 32 Next Level Webinar: Crash Course: High Concept Writing.

I’m on the narrative jury panel for the Digi60 Ottawa Digital Filmmakers’ Festival.

In January, I have a fun prose story [yes, prose, sometimes I do prose] coming out in an anthology — but I don’t have a heads up it’s okay to say more about that yet so you will just have to stay tuned for more news about that. Oops.

Also in January I’m launching a new AFW class, The First 30 Pages. There are 8 seats left in the new class so if you are interested in the class, reserve your seat now before seats are all full.

That’s the news.


Your Maybe My Slate is a Little Full Adams Girl


stage 32 webinar ahoy

November 20, 2015


In AFW news, we’re now putting seats in chairs for the upcoming January classes. One of these classes is new, The First 30 Pages. It’s going to be great. Please reserve your seat early, new classes fill up pretty fast.

And in Stage 32 news, I’m going to be On Stage With RB this coming Tuesday doing an online interview with Stage 32’s Richard “RB” Botto, and the following week will be doing a next level webinar with Stage 32: Crash Course, High Concept Writing. It’s going to be great. I hope you can join me.


Max on Stage 32



in max news

November 8, 2015


Max Adams

In Max news, I just finished a short story for an anthology and turned it in. It’s a fantasy anthology and was really fun writing for. It’s coming out in January but I don’t know whether I’m supposed to be talking a lot about it in public yet so more on that later.

Am working on a short clip for a proposed Stage 32 webinar. Director and my co-writer on the Sanitarium pilot Kerry Valderamma is helping me shoot that but he has cantered back to his acting roots and is appearing in a play right now which may slow us down. If you’re in San Antonia, Medea is playing Thursday through Sunday all through November at The Classic Theater of San Antonio.

Also gearing up for AFW classes that roll open this coming Tuesday. Structural Writing has a couple seats open if anyone is wanting to brush up on their structure work. I’d love to put a couple more talented people in those seats before the class rolls open. The stronger the group is, the stronger the class is. More on that at


film festival frenzy!

November 4, 2015

Austin Film Festival was fun — and exhausting. That is a lot of socializing for someone who spends most of her days alone with bed hair facing off with a hostile computer. Here are some fun pics.


Also there is more crazy good AFW news for November :::go see:::



Max Adams, Richard Dane Scott


Max Adams, Terry Rossio


Travis Speegle, Max Adams


Vivi Gregg, Richard Dane Scott, Cathy Rescher


Alvaro Rodriguez, Max Adams


Festival Frenzy!


Jennifer Mulligan, Max Adams


Kent Williams, Pamela Segger, Max Adams


Pamela Segger, Kent Williams, Max Adams

Also there is more crazy good AFW news for November :::go see:::


We have an open seat in November in the 5150 online screenwriting workshop. For more info, hit :::WORKSHOP:::

5150 Online Screenwriting Workshop


coming in november

October 6, 2015


There are classes around the corner in November. Structural Writing, I only teach once a year so if you are want that puppy, grab it now or wait another year:

Coming in November from the Academy of Film Writing, Structural Writing

Coming in November at the Academy of Film Writing, Dynamic Writing


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