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Type: In Person


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The Story Farm Coaching & Development - ISA & Max Timm


Designed and created by the ISA's Director of Education & Outreach, Max Timm. Since the start of 2017, over half of the current Story Farm writers have found representation, optioned material, or won major contests. More success stories are sure to come as we are looking for more writers to support and work with!

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 will also review our available coaches to see which may suit you and your creative needs (this is when Max's slate is full.) You pick the coach!

Please note that the listed prices are for the Story Farm Coaches. To work with Max directly, please inquire about his prices.

We also offer less expensive "Anytime" packages where you purchase a number of calls to use in a year's time. You can check out for details, or email to learn more.

You can purchase the first month (or pay in full) for any service via the ISA website. Following monthly payments will be done via PayPal invoice.

BIG DISCOUNTS for ISA Connect members!

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

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

Further Details on The Story Farm

  • Weekly support calls, emails and brainstorming sessions on material. A scpecific 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.
  • Possible long term inclusion in the ISA Development Slate.
  • 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.
  • 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!


  • 12 months:$349/month x 12 months or $3699 if paid in full (save $489)
  • Six months:$399/month x 6 months or $2049 if paid in full (save $285)
  • Three months:$439/month x 3 months or $1249 if paid in full (save $98)

If interested in utilizing this service, please email Max at for questions, more information and/or to set up a phone consult.

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Contact Information

Max Timm is the Director of Education & Outreach with the International Screenwriters’ Association, and the President of The Story Farm Development and Coaching service, with over a decade 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 – 17 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, focusing on promoting California and Napa-area wineries.

A development consultant, manager, 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. Max has also served as a part-time instructor at UCLA, and travels nationally and internationally speaking at various industry events such as the Sundance Film Festival, Nashville Writers Conference, and even educating art program teachers through the LA Unified School District. Most recently Max released his debut book on screenwriting titled, (Not Just) Another Book on The Craft of Screenwriting.

His specific resume is as follows:

Max Timm
Director of Education & Outreach - International Screenwriters' Association (ISA)
Founder of The Story Farm Development and Coaching

--Sundance Film Institute and the International Screenwriters' Association (ISA)
*Host and moderator for all-day, Sundance-sanctioned event in Park City during 2016 film festival. Interviewed Jen Grisanti, a panel of industry executives, and held individual interviews on the red carpet.

--Nashville Screenwriting Conference 2016
*Panel Moderator and Host for their screenwriting conference, part of the Nashville Film Festival

--ISA Podcast Host, 2014-current
*Curious About Screenwriting and live teleconferences with industry consultants Nearly 100K downloads in seven months

--ISA's Monthly Third Thursdays Event Host, 2014-current
*Host the ISA's monthly social event for writers and industry professionals

--Three Cities Film Festival, 2015
*Moderated Screenwriters Panel with five industry guests

--Tower of Youth Film Festival, 2015
*Main industry host and keynote speaker. Hour long presentation to 800 students from surrounding Sacramento area.

--University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), 2015
*Film, TV, and entertainment instructor for seven-week Summer Discovery program for high school students.

--University of Illinois-Champaign, 2015
*Two-hour guest instructor via Skype for entertainment and screenwriting students

--Storyboard Development Group, 2015
*Hosted a script breakdown and evaluation for thirty screenwriters as we dissected the script for the film, "Trumbo"

--Sundance Film Festival 2015
*Individual filmmaker interviews. Worked extensively with PR firms to promote Sundance films.

--Dances With Films Festival, 2015
*Individual filmmaker interviews

--Writers Boot Camp - 2006-2012
*Director of Development, lead instructor, consultant for clients from novice to A-List. Organized and managed bi-weekly speaker engagements with A-List guests; hosted and introduced speakers.