30 Day Screenwriting Challenge

taught by Max Timm

Course description

30 Days to finish your screenplay! Think you can do it? We do! And we've set up steps, assignments, and objectives to help you do so.

In 30 Days!

Join your fellow writers and take the 30-Day Challenge. Our industry is evolving and the competition is steep. It's time that you learn how to develop a script as quickly as possible, but also how to make that script worthy of submission.

The Challenge Officially Began on April 20, 2017, but you can sign up at any time.

Get Ready to Write!


Let's make this simple. We need to be writing every day. Writers need to know how to utilize their time, and how to get the most out of their writing sessions. Most of us have day jobs, parenting responsibilities, or extra-curricular promises that tend to chip away at the available hours of every day, much less the so-called creative energy it takes to sit our butts down and crank out our next story.

Like any other creative or business venture, you need a plan AND a finite goal even before you sit down to do the work. With the 30-Day Screenwriting Challenge, we have not only set up such a plan and goal, but we've given you a structured framework within which you will be able to approach the completion of a screenplay (feature or TV) in 30 days or less.

In this 30-Day Challenge, we are giving you a series of written lectures, audio recordings, assignments, and daily inspiration that will get you organized, prepared, and working. It's all here for you, but now it's up to you and your own personal level of motivation to get the work done.


Are you up to the challenge? We think you are.

The instructions, assignments, written lectures and audio recordings have been created and designed by the ISA's, Max Timm, Script Lab, Final Draft, and participating sponsors from across the industry. (Jen Grisanti, Corey Mandell, Danny Manus, Lee Jessup, WeScreenplay, Tracking Board, LA-Screenwriter, MovieBytes, Table Ready My Screenplay, Emerging Screenwriters, Tracking Board, Fast Track Fellowship, Women In Film, and many more!)

The Challenge Officially Begins Now!

If you're looking for more long-term support from Max and the ISA, you can inquire about Max's year-long Personal Coaching Service called The Story Farm - designed to get your material not only industry-ready, but submitted to the ISA's industry contacts. Space is very limited, and per application only.

Your material could also be evaluated by the ISA per their Development Program. Check out the Development Program Evaluation here on www.TheCraftCourse.com.



Sponsored by:

ISA

The Scriptlab
Final Draft





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Max Timm
Max Timm
Lead Mentor and Instructor

Max Timm is the Director of Education & Outreach with the International Screenwriters’ Association, with over a decade of experience in developing material and writers’ careers. His focus with the ISA is to build a creative community and bring ISA writers closer to ISA Industry Professionals. Recently he has helped build a development program with the ISA, submitting writers’ projects on their behalf and helping them launch their careers – ten writers have received options and representation since 2015 because of Max’s assistance and support. His personal coaching service, The Story Farm, develops working writers and their material much like a studio executive and manager would, and his online classes, titled The Craft Course in Screenwriting, offer writers outside the Los Angeles area to take part in professional full development. In order to connect with as many aspiring writers as possible, he created and launched the ISA’s popular Curious About Screenwriting podcast, as well as his solo podcast, The Craft.



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, travels nationally and internationally speaking at and hosting a multitude of industry events and panels with organizations and at events such as the Sundance Film Festival, Nashville Writers Conference, and even educating art program teachers through the LA Unified School District.

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Course Curriculum

Day 1 (April 20) - Voice, Loglines, and Establishing Your Concept
Challenge Introduction - Getting Started
Voice, and Voice Pressure Points
Audio: Voice - Finding It, Evolving It, Embracing It
Assignment: Voice Pressure Points
The Logline - Yes, It's Extremely Important
Logline Breakdown Process
Audio: Logline Breakdown Process
Assignment: Write (and Rewrite) Your Loglines
See You Tomorrow!
Who is Max Timm?
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Day 2 (April 21) - Story Bullets & The Beginning of Structural Writing
Your Logline As A Loaded Gun
Your Hero and The Emotional Flaw
Audio: Your Hero & Emotional Flaw
The Secondary Helper (Supporting Character, Supporting the Hero’s Arc)
The Rival, Threat and/or Opponent
2nd Act Series of Obstacles
Sequence Writing and Prepping the 1st Act
Audio: Sequence Writing and Prepping The 1st Act
Assignments: 1st Act, and Character Set-Up
Update - Q & A!
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Day 3 (April 22) - Sequence Writing & Breaking Your Story From A Character Perspective
Where To Begin
The Villain, Rival, Opponent - Whatever He's Called! How is this Character Related to the Secondary Character?
An Easy Assignment...Just Listen!
Episode 1 of The Craft - Sequence 1 Breakdown - "We Need A Hero"
Episode 2 of The Craft - Sequence 2 Breakdown - "Setting It All Up"
Episode 3 of The Craft - Sequence 3 Breakdown - "The Unsung Hero"
Episode 6 of The Craft - "A Sidenote for the TV Writer"
Structural/Beat Breakdown and Outline
Assignments: Sequence Loglines
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Day 4 (April 23) - Continued Sequence Writing
You've Barely Begun, But...
Max Timm's, The Story Farm
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Day 5 (April 24) - Moment Listing & the 2nd Act
The 2nd Act, Moment By Moment
Audio: The 2nd Act, Moment By Moment
The Difference Between "Adventure" & "Journey"
The Craft Podcast - Sequence 4 Breakdown. "The Promise of the Premise"
The Craft Podcast - Sequence 5 Breakdown. "Success, Failure & the Villain"
The Craft Podcast - Sequence 6 Breakdown - "The Mid-Point"
Moment Listing - Your Story Outline
Sequence Titles
Assignments: Writing Your Script in Outline Form
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Day 6 (April 25) - Continued Moment Listing and Building Your Outline
Just Keep Going
Connecting with The ISA and Our Writing Gigs
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Day 7 (April 26) - The Downward Spiral - Delivering the End of Your 2nd Act
A Couple Disclaimers Before We Start
Leading Up To The Low Point
The Craft Podcast - Sequence 7 Breakdown - "The Doomed Honeymoon"
The Craft Podcast - Sequence 8 Breakdown - "Love, Conflict, and Losing It"
The Craft Podcast - Sequence 9 Breakdown - "The Dark Night of The Soul"
The Point of A Scene
Audio: The Point of A Scene
Assignment: Scene Writing Within Your Outline
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Day 8 (April 27) - And Now, For the Final Act...
Stating Theme and Your 3rd Act
Audio: Stating Theme and Your 3rd Act
The Craft Podcast - Sequences 10 & 11 Breakdown - "Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?"
The Craft Podcast - Sequence 12 Breakdown - "It's Not About the Victory"
Assignment: Still Going!
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Day 9 (April 28) - Great Dialogue, Killer Action, and Proper Formatting
What Makes For Great Dialogue?
Audio: What Makes For Great Dialogue?
Action!
Proper Screenplay Format
Assignment: Page Writing - Finally!
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Day 10 (April 29) – You're On Your Way - A Quick Word and Summary
What Now? And What Should You Expect?
Audio: The Craft - "A Note on Motivation - Is It All Worth It?"
Audio: Pursuing a Wish and Manifesting Success
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Day 11 (April 30) - Education and Insights with Tracking-Board.com!
Are You Writing?
Tracking-Board.com - Writing the TV Pilot: Does Your Character Need to Change?
Tracking-Board.com - Their Launch Pad Launches Writing Careers! Discount for 30-Day Challengers.
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Day 12 (May 1) - Tick Tock! The Story Farm is Here to Help...
You Have 432 Hours Left! Time Crunch Brought to You by The Story Farm.
The Story Farm Screenwriting Lab & Retreat
What is The Story Farm?
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Day 13 (May 2) - Tips, Advice, and Insights from Jen Grisanti Consultancy
30-Day Challenge Mentor - Jen Grisanti!
What Stops Screenwriters From Being Successful?
Story: Momentum + Mindset = Achievement
Why Stories Like 'The Martian' Work
Without This Story Tool A Screenplay Doesn't Work
So Many Writers Have This Bad Habit
Jen's Services Just for You!
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Day 14 (May 3) - Inspiration and Tips from the ISA and Steve Kaplan Comedy
The Time Is Now!
The Hidden Tools of Comedy, from Steve Kaplan
The Comic Hero's Journey!
Using Metaphors in Comedy
The Formula For Writing A Great Comedy Script
The #1 Tip to Writing Likable Characters
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Day 15 (May 4) - Half-Way There with MovieBytes!
Momentum with a MovieBytes Special
Promote Your Script to Agents, Managers, and Producers
​Are Screenplay Contests Worth the Money?
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Day 16 (May 5) - Education and Invaluable Insight from LA-Screenwriter.com
What is LA-Screenwriter.com?
5 Questions to Help You Find Your Inciting Incident
The 6 Most Common Logline Mistakes
Stuck in the Middle: 4 Methods for Advancing Your 2nd Act
4 Ways to Tackle the Third Act of Your Screenplay
Offers from LA-Screenwriter.com!
Movie Magnets Fun!
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Day 17 (May 6) - Story Mastery with Michael Hauge
Get to Know Michael
True Love with Michael Hauge
What Screenwriters Should Know About A Character's Inner Journey
6-Stage Structure Chart
A Discount Just for the 30-Day Challengers
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Day 18 (May 7) - Launching Your Career with Corey Mandell
Writing the Script That Launches Your Career
Live and Online Workshop with Corey Mandell
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Day 19 (May 8) - No Bullscript with Consultant, Danny Manus
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A Note to the Challengers, from Danny Manus
A Personal 30-Day Video Message from Danny Manus
Goals vs. Needs
Creating Set Pieces for Script Success
Creating the Pitch-Perfect One Sheet
Cold Call Tips – The Secret Words to Getting Read and Representation
Learn More about Danny and His Challenger Discount!
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Day 20 (May 9) - Fresh Voices Script Development & Competition
Get to Know Fresh Voices
What is a Fresh Voice & Why Does It Matters To Your Screenwriting Career?
What Makes Your Voice Fresh?
Why a Fresh Voice is Your Key to a Successful Career
How Do You Hone Your Voice And Keep It Fresh?
30% of Development Services & Story Notes!
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Day 21 (May 10) - The ISA Approach to Submitting to Contests
The ISA Approach to Education and Screenplay Contests
The ISA's Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Contest
Table Read My Screenplay Contest
ISA's Fast Track Fellowship
The Story Farm Screenwriting Lab & Retreat - Reminder!
A Little Helpful Advice from the ISA Contests
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Day 22 (May 11) - Your Business as a Screenwriter with Career Coach, Lee Jessup
Who is Lee Jessup?
Dude, Where is My Screenplay Option?
Screenwriting Straight Talk: Early Career Mistakes
Breaking into Features vs. Breaking into Television
Traits of Successful Screenwriters
Video: The Screenwriter's Road to Failure
Video: Do Screenwriters Need to Live in Los Angeles?
Video: How Many Screenplays Should You Write Each Year?
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Day 23 (May 12) - Spend a Day with the #1 Screenwriting Software - Final Draft
Day 23 (May 12) - The Final Draft Story
How To Be A Fan of Your Own Work
The Writing Zone: How to Find it and Sustain It
How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Create
Video: Robert McKee 2017 Final Draft Awards Acceptance Speech
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Day 24 (May 13) - The Day Belongs to The Script Lab!
A Character Questionnaire - Let's Build Your Character
Heroes! A Breakdown of Archetypes for Your Brainstorming Needs
Villains! What Kind of Villain Is Your Character?
Screenwriting 101: Writing For Ensemble Casts
The Top 10 Best Monologues
What Is Voice?
How To Become A Working Screenwriter in 7 Steps
TSL Notes!
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Day 25 (May 14) - WeLove WeScreenplay
Get to Know WeScreenplay
Why is Diversity in Entertainment Important?
5 (Free) Tools for Writing Your Next Script Faster
Nine Films to Watch for a Dialogue Bootcamp
Looking for Coverage! We've Got You Covered...
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Day 26 (May 15) - Tips & Insights from Virtual Pitchfest
Day 26 (May 15) - What to Know About Virtual Pitchfest
A Special Offer Just for the 30-Day Challengers
Free VPF Podcasts
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Day 27 (May 16) - The ISA Development Program
Want to Jumpstart Your Career AND Receive Five Pages of Comprehensive Notes?
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Day 28 (May 17) - A Special Extra Lesson from Max Timm, the ISA, and The Story Farm
A Craft Course Video Explanation of The Importance of Education
Why Writers Block is Bullsh**
Reverse Engineer: Adapting a Script Into a Book
The Craft in Review
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Day 29 (May 18) - Women In Film
Get to Know Women In Film - Become a Member!
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Day 30 (May 19) - Your Final Day!
The Whirlwind is Not Over!
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Reviews (5)

Screenwriting - without killing your creativity

by Anna Erishkigal
As an epic fantasy writer transitioning into screenwriting, earlier this year I struggled to get through A DIFFERENT company's screenwriting course because it was 100% geared towards marketability and high concept action for feature film and I'm a character-driven writer looking to script a television series. Don't get me wrong, those skills are necessary, but sometimes it can feel soul-sucking to cater so much to marketability before you've even had a chance to get to know what your story is about. The 30-Day Screenwriting Challenge was totally different. It's character first, with suggestions to turn all those delightful traits and inner angst into external action. At the moment I'm scripting the first book of my epic fantasy book series into a 13-episode television series (with much hair-ripping) and this course helped me tap into the emotion which caused me to write the entire book series in the first place, dig into character motivation and wounds, and use it to generate script-able action and drama based on what is actually in the book rather than all the Hollywood bells and whistles, the thing that's been causing me to spin my wheels before I took this course. I especially like that this course -did- cater to either feature film, or to television series. Recommend!

Sequence Writing

by Fleurette M Van Gulden
The presentation is a breather, great formula. Literally brings the craft to page.

WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO NOT LEARN

by Leslie Ishimi
Good information, generously given, well presented, examples easy to follow. Well thought thru. Truly: a bargain. Mahalo nui loa.
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Screenwriting - without killing your creativity

by Anna Erishkigal
As an epic fantasy writer transitioning into screenwriting, earlier this year I struggled to get through A DIFFERENT company's screenwriting course because it was 100% geared towards marketability and high concept action for feature film and I'm a character-driven writer looking to script a television series. Don't get me wrong, those skills are necessary, but sometimes it can feel soul-sucking to cater so much to marketability before you've even had a chance to get to know what your story is about. The 30-Day Screenwriting Challenge was totally different. It's character first, with suggestions to turn all those delightful traits and inner angst into external action. At the moment I'm scripting the first book of my epic fantasy book series into a 13-episode television series (with much hair-ripping) and this course helped me tap into the emotion which caused me to write the entire book series in the first place, dig into character motivation and wounds, and use it to generate script-able action and drama based on what is actually in the book rather than all the Hollywood bells and whistles, the thing that's been causing me to spin my wheels before I took this course. I especially like that this course -did- cater to either feature film, or to television series. Recommend!

Sequence Writing

by Fleurette M Van Gulden
The presentation is a breather, great formula. Literally brings the craft to page.

WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO NOT LEARN

by Leslie Ishimi
Good information, generously given, well presented, examples easy to follow. Well thought thru. Truly: a bargain. Mahalo nui loa.

30-Day Screenwriting Challenge

by Molly Alexander
Awesome!!!

by emrah ersahin