Registration Fee $499
Type: Online/Phone


  • Standard Registration $499
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  • Standard Registration $849
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The Story Farm Coaching & Development - ISA & 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.

Details on the service are below, but in order to receive additional information and get your questions answered, you can email Max at He will set up a phone consult, if necessary, to see if this is the best option for you.

We also offer less expensive "Anytime" packages where you purchase a number of calls to use in a 6 or 12-month time. You can check out for details, or email to learn more. These options can also be purchased right here via the ISAwebsite with a very big discount for Connect members.

To inquire about the long-term, weekly coaching with Max and The Story Farm, you must email him at

Space is very limited, but on the phone consult, Max can help you make the decision as to how he and The Story Farm can help you with your writing goals moving forward.

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

Details on Long-Term Story Farm Support and Anytime Call Packages

  • 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.
  • Support per the business of Hollywood, cultivating contacts, coaching through meetings and pitches, and once the project is deemed ready for submission, Max and his team will reach out to industry contacts on the writer’s behalf with the hope of finding the writer representation and/or interested producers.
  • Free inclusion in weekly online coursework designed by Max ( that includes audio lectures, written lessons, page work examples, and more. This is reserved for the long-term Story Farm writers. This is not 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!

Cost for Weekly Coaching:

  • 12 months:$349/month x 12 months or $3399 (if paid in full save $789)
  • Six months:$399/month x 6 months or $1899 (if paid in full save $485)
  • Three months:$439/month x 3 months or $1149 if paid in full (save $18)

Anytime Call Packages (Connect members save big):

  • *Can be used for...full script evaluations, brainstorming, outline review, logline creation, pitchbook/TV Bible development, and more on any of the calls regardless of the package
  • The 4-Pack:four calls to be used at any time within a six-month period -$499
  • The 6-Pack:six calls to be used at any time within a 12-month period -$699
  • The 8-Pack:eight calls to be used at any time within a 12-month period -$849
  • NEW - The 12-Pack:12 calls to be used at any time in a 12-month period -$1,050(best per-call $ option)

If interested in utilizing this service, please email Max at for questions, more information and/or to set up a phone consult. Or fire away and purchase any of the call packages listed above.

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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, and the President of The Story Farm Development and Coaching service, with 15 years of experience in developing written material and writers’ careers. His focus with the ISA is to build a creative community and bring ISA writers closer to managers, agents, and producers. Recently he has helped build the ISA Development Slate, submitting writers’ projects on their behalf and helping them launch their careers – 18 writers have received options and representation since 2015 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.