Story Consulting & Script Development

Like a personal trainer for your writing! | taught by Max Timm

Course description


Need help rewriting? Looking for a long term development consultant? Want a champion for you and your projects?

With all options of The Story Farm coaching and development services, you will receive ongoing weekly support, evaluations, brainstorming sessions, and eventual industry access, business coaching and more.

The primary service The Story Farm provides is 12 months of weekly support calls, emails, multiple evaluations of projects (TV or Feature), brainstorming sessions, and ongoing development of your material.

We do offer six-month, three-month, or month-to-month options.

NEW! Summer Special!

For only $49, you can purchase notes and a review of your project's logline and one-page summary! With the Summer Special service, you will ALSO receive The Craft Course - Online Only screenwriting class created by Max Timm. This Summer Special service will end on August 30, so jump in and take advantage while you still can! (You will receive instructions on how to proceed after purchasing - it's as simple as emailing your one-page summary and logline.)

Please see below for pricing on the long-term coaching service from The Story Farm. To find out more and to schedule a no-obligation phone consult to discuss your goals and how The Story Farm can work for you

Email Max at max@thestoryfarm.org



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)!



Weekly notes and evaluations, and ongoing coverage of scripts (TV or Feature). Skype is available for international writers. Calls will be scheduled ahead of time to give you ongoing deadlines and to keep you on track.

Support per the business of Hollywood, cultivating contacts, coaching through meetings and pitches, and once the project is deemed ready for submission, The Story Farm team will reach out to industry contacts on the writer’s behalf with the hope of finding the writer representation and/or interested producers.

Weekly online coursework designed by Max Timm (www.TheCraftCourse.com) which includes audio lectures, written lessons, script and page work examples, and more.

Possible inclusion in the ISA Development Program which will give you additional industry exposure.

The writer can work on as many projects as he/she wishes during the duration of the service, but it is The Story Farm's intent to get a writer to finish FOUR projects in one year/12 months (this includes rewrites)


You can read reviews from fellow writers if you scroll to the bottom.

Basic details about The Story Farm consulting service


  • 12 months of The Story Farm Consulting: $349/month x 12 months or $3699 if paid in full (save $489)
  • Six months of The Story Farm Consulting: $389/month x 6 months or $2049 if paid in full (save $285)
  • Three months of The Story Farm Consulting: $419/month x 3 months or $1159 if paid in full (save $98)
  • One month of The Story Farm Consulting: $599 (four weeks of phone consultations, feedback, evaluation on the development of your material, full evaluation of your script at the end)


Please contact Max at max@thestoryfarm.org to review the best option for you


Individual, one-time script evaluations and notes are not available at this time as we would prefer the writers submit their one-time read requests through the ISA Development Program.

The writer can start whenever he/she is ready!

In order to get started, you must email Max Timm and schedule a call to review your writing goals, intentions, and to have him set a plan for you and your writing.

max@thestoryfarm.org


Meet Our Story Farm Coaches

(Details and bio for the founder of The Story Farm, Max Timm, can be found by scrolling down.)

If interested in applying to The Story Farm, please email Max

 max@thestoryfarm.org

Please email a very brief bio of your experience as a writer, any and all accolades you have received, education level, and your intentions as a creative writer, director, actor, etc.

*Max Timm and The Story Farm does not and can not guarantee that we will get your script into the hands of producers, managers, agents, or studio executives, nor does The Story Farm claim official connection to any studio. The Story Farm will, however, promise to help you develop the very best script possible and, if/when ready, will reach out to industry professionals on your behalf.

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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Reviews (6)

Fantastic in so many ways!

by Kelly McKain
I am four months into my year of coaching with Max and it has far exceeded my (already high!) expectations. I’m amazed by how much I have learnt already and by how far forward my projects have moved since we began. Max is such an easy person to work with, and his insights are invaluable – he gives the perfect balance of space for you to reflect and learn for yourself, and very specific notes and suggestions on your scripts. Over the last few days I confidently tackled a huge structural rework of a script, and couldn’t believe how assured I’d become in what I was doing. Of course there’s far more to learn – and I’m looking forward to it! Max has also made a fantastic introduction to a contact of his for me, so now I have a very talented manager too, who can bring my TV work together with other parts of my IP, as I am an established fiction writer and am also venturing into the world of VR storytelling. I can’t recommend the coaching highly enough – it’s like having a personal, tailored MA in screenwriting, a talented script editor and an knowledgeable industry guide all in one!

Next Level Development

by David Baugnon
I've been a screenwriter for 20 years (and a teacher of screenwriting for 10 of those years), and who you choose to share your screenplay with for notes is a crucial decision, one I don't take lightly. In the wrong hands, your ideas can get crushed or worse, praised. What every writer needs is that talented person who can help take your work to the next level, no matter how far it's been developed. I've only been working with Max and The Story Farm for a few months, but I already feel like I have a champion in Max - someone who believes in my work and knows how to push me, and the work, forward.

Max Timm and Story Farm Set The Bar

by mugs cahill
I'm not one who needs my hand held to get through a project, but Max's style of personal coaching lets me know he's right there when I am looking for a bit more. And, the script development process with Story Farm is supportive, insightful and gets right to the heart of what is and is not working. The guidance has been invaluable.
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Fantastic in so many ways!

by Kelly McKain
I am four months into my year of coaching with Max and it has far exceeded my (already high!) expectations. I’m amazed by how much I have learnt already and by how far forward my projects have moved since we began. Max is such an easy person to work with, and his insights are invaluable – he gives the perfect balance of space for you to reflect and learn for yourself, and very specific notes and suggestions on your scripts. Over the last few days I confidently tackled a huge structural rework of a script, and couldn’t believe how assured I’d become in what I was doing. Of course there’s far more to learn – and I’m looking forward to it! Max has also made a fantastic introduction to a contact of his for me, so now I have a very talented manager too, who can bring my TV work together with other parts of my IP, as I am an established fiction writer and am also venturing into the world of VR storytelling. I can’t recommend the coaching highly enough – it’s like having a personal, tailored MA in screenwriting, a talented script editor and an knowledgeable industry guide all in one!

Next Level Development

by David Baugnon
I've been a screenwriter for 20 years (and a teacher of screenwriting for 10 of those years), and who you choose to share your screenplay with for notes is a crucial decision, one I don't take lightly. In the wrong hands, your ideas can get crushed or worse, praised. What every writer needs is that talented person who can help take your work to the next level, no matter how far it's been developed. I've only been working with Max and The Story Farm for a few months, but I already feel like I have a champion in Max - someone who believes in my work and knows how to push me, and the work, forward.

Max Timm and Story Farm Set The Bar

by mugs cahill
I'm not one who needs my hand held to get through a project, but Max's style of personal coaching lets me know he's right there when I am looking for a bit more. And, the script development process with Story Farm is supportive, insightful and gets right to the heart of what is and is not working. The guidance has been invaluable.

Stay on the write track

by Craig Holland
One of the most difficult challenges for any writer is consistent output. Writing is a muscle that grows and develops as you exercise it. The only way to do that is to keep writing and re-writing over time. I was looking for a coach who would not only help me keep up the pace by giving me deadlines and pushing me to finish projects...but I was also looking for someone to help me not get bogged down on any one area of a screenplay or story. Max is wonderful at giving me notes promptly on the scenes I submit to him. His comments are always spot-on and insightful. He helps me know if I am going in the right direction or if I am straying off the beaten path. Hiring Max is like hiring a personal trainer for your writing. You’ll get much better results than being your own coach.

I highly recommend The Story Farm!

by Diane Lansing
After working with Max Timm for a few years now, I have to say my scripts have never been tighter. Rewriting which can be daunting is much easier when working with someone with such a good eye and ear for story and dialogue. Beginning a new project with his guidance, (and deadlines!) inspires me to keep moving forward with my creative pursuits. I believe with Max, I will end up with a body of work that I can shop with pride.

An Amazing Experience

by Daniel Smith
The Story Farm has been an amazing experience. Max is a fantastic coach, and always willing to push you to go that extra step so that your writing sparkles. I came into the program with an idea for a story and a lifetime of bad writing habits. Max's technique whipped me into shape while helping me find the story I really wanted to tell, and guided me in working out all the details before I ever opened a copy of Final Draft. I wholeheartedly recommend this program to any writer who wishes they could make their 1st draft feel more like a 5th.