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The Story Farm Coaching & Development with the ISA's Max Timm


Designed and created by the ISA's Director of Education, Max Timm. Since the start of 2017, over half of the current Story Farm writers have found representation, optioned material, or won/placed highly in major contests. Some of the writers had never written a screenplay before!

We offer short or long-term through "Anytime" packages where you purchase a number of calls to use in a 6 or 12-month time. Purchase your Anytime calls right here on the ISAwebsite.

To inquire about coaching with Max and The Story Farm, you must email him at

Big discounts currently available (as of October 27, 2020)! -Anytime Call Packages (Connect members save!):

*Can be used for...full script evaluations, project brainstorming, outline review, logline creation, pitchbook/TV Bible development, industry advice, schedule management, and more on any of the calls regardless of the package

The 4-Pack:four calls to be used at any time within a 6-month period -$437 (normally $515) (sold out!)
The 6-Pack:six calls to be used at any time within a 6-month period -$543 (normally $679)(sold out!)
The 8-Pack:eight calls to be used at any time within a 12-month period -$651 (normally $869)(sold out!)

The 12-Pack:12 calls to be used at any time in a 12-month period -$1,080 or 2 payments of $600

The 20-Pack: 20 calls to be used at any time in a 12-month period -$1,530 or 6 payments of $275

The 40-Pack: 40 calls to be used at any time in an 18-month period -$2,800 or 9 payments of $325

If interested in utilizing this service, you can email Max at for questions and information, or simply purchase the calls right here on the ISAwebsite.

Space is limited!

Finish Your Scripts with The Story Farm. Prepare for Contest Submissions. Launch Your Career.

Details on The Story Farm - What You Get

  • Weekly support calls, emails and brainstorming sessions on material. A specific schedule with weekly deadlines will be worked out with the writer and his / her schedule.
  • Adapting your novel into a screenplay, or vice versa: reverse engineering a script into a book.
  • Weekly script notes and evaluations, and ongoing coverage of scripts (TV or Feature). Skype is available for international writers. Calls will be scheduled ahead of time and recorded to help you take better notes.
  • Support per the business of Hollywood, cultivating contacts, coaching through meetings and pitches.
  • Free weekly online coursework designed by Max ( that includes audio lectures, video lectures and summaries, written lessons, page work examples, and more.Included in the Anytime Call Packages.
  • The writer can work on as many projects as he/she wishes during the duration of the service. The goal is to complete four projects in 12 months if a writer chooses the long-term, 12-month option.
  • It is The Story Farm's intent to get a writer and his/her material to a place that is ready to be submitted around town - no matter where you live!

Thank you. We look forward to working with you.

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The Story Farm

More than just a general consultancy, The Story Farm works much like a development executive or manager would with a writer as the writer is developing multiple projects. 

The Story Farm Goal:

To get your material to a place that is ready for industry submission, and launch your career (regardless of your experience)!

With weekly, one-on-one phone calls that deliver specific notes on the ongoing development of multiple projects, The Story Farm is the most hands-on, comprehensive development service you will find in the industry. Approved by and in association with the International Screenwriters' Association, The Story Farm is designed to help dedicated, career-oriented writers for the long-term.

The Story Farm also helps the writers submit their projects to industry professionals once the script is deemed ready for submission. Script options or purchases, or even representation are not guaranteed, though The Story Farm will guarantee thorough support and guidance where education and specific project development is concerned.

We're looking for writers who are dedicated to their long term careers, and while we can and do work with writers who have one script they intend to finish and polish, it is suggested that Story Farm writers prepare for a long term career in this screenwriting business. We can help!

Contact for more details, and/or check out their webpage here.

Max Timm is the Director of Education with the International Screenwriters’ Association as well as the VP of Development and with Creative Screenwriter Productions. As the President of The Story Farm Development and Coaching service, and with 16 years of experience in developing written material and writers’ careers, Max's focus has been on creating more success stories for Story Farm and ISA writers. So far 33 writers have received options and representation, or placed highly in major screenplay contests and Fellowships since 2016 because of Max’s assistance and support.

His personal coaching, consulting, and development service, The Story Farm, develops writers and their material much like a studio executive or literary manager would, walking a writer through the rewrite process one draft at a time. His online classes, titled The Craft Course in Screenwriting, offer writers an in-depth yet easy to understand approach to the professional full development process. In order to connect with as many aspiring writers as possible, he also helped create and launch the ISA’s popular Curious About Screenwriting interview-focused podcast, as well as his solo podcast, The Craft. Most recently, he and the co-head of the ISA Development Slate, Felicity Wren, launched a live Facebook broadcast series called Wine Wednesdays; an informal “script chat” weekly series where they discuss all elements of the entertainment industry while sipping on some tasty wine. Aside from focusing on education, Max has joined forces with his ISA cohorts Felicity Wren and Craig James to launch a production and development shingle called Creative Screenwriter where they will develop and produce low to mid-range budgeted films written by the ISA’s top members.

A development consultant, producer, and screenwriting instructor, Max is a screenwriter and author himself. His debut novel, a young adult fantasy adventure titled The WishKeeper, about a teenage fairy with broken wings, won the young adult category of the 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival and released nationwide in the Summer of 2016 (book two is set to release in 2019). Max has also served as a part-time instructor at UCLA, and travels nationally speaking at various industry events such as the Sundance Film Festival, Nashville Writers Conference, Napa Valley Film Festival and the Spokane Writers Conference. Most recently Max released his debut book on screenwriting titled, (Not Just) Another Book on The Craft of Screenwriting. He is currently writing a non-fiction book on hedgefund activists and Wall Street.

Feel free to email Max.