Screenwriter Alvaro Rodriguez

“Max Adams is the kind of smart, engaging teacher that made me want to be a better writer — and she helped me do it.”

~ Alvaro Rodriguez, Machete,
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,
Chicago Fire


Debi Yazbeck

“You laid the foundation, Max. Best teacher ever.”

~ Debi Yazbeck,
Winner, 2016 Best Feature Script,
California Women’s Film Festival


Screenwriter Tony Ferrendelli

“Max Adams has helped to completely transform the way I write scripts. Placement of several scripts in multiple competitions is a direct result of the skills I have developed through participation in Max’s classes and workshop.”

~ Tony Ferrendelli,
2019 ISA Fast Track IX Fellowship
Top 50 Writers

2019 Nominee Best Feature Screenplay
Houston Comedy Film Festival

Winner Best Screenplay Short September 2018
Los Angeles Independent Film Festival

Screenwriter Tonia Kempler

“Thank you. You have completely given me confidence and skills I didn’t have before. Couldn’t have done this without taking your classes.”


~ Tonia Kempler,
2017 Winner, Best Screenplay,

Joah Philo, Screenwriter & Casting Director

“It’s so big what you are to screenwriting and what you give to others and how you collect and champion writers who do more than write, they produce. That’s huge in this business of writing and what sets you above the rest.”

~ Joan Philo,
Winner, Best Writing, The Roof,
Madison 48 Hour Film Project 2016

Julie Howe

“I’ve taken all of Max’s classes and quite simply, her focused methods and attention to detail blow every other screenwriting class out of the water.”

~ Jules Howe,
Catty Wompus,
Winner, Best Comedy Screenplay 2010,
Austin Film Festival,
Austin Film Festival’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch 2016

Ana Maria Montoya

“If you’re looking for a fairy godmother to wave her wand and make your dreams magically happen while you slack off, keep searching. If, however, you want someone to challenge you to dive deep and pull the BEST out of yourself, Max is that whip-smart coach, teacher, and mentor. Get ready to level up!”

~ Ana Maria Montoya,
Winner, 2016 Sundance Latino
Screenwriting Project

Kerry Valderrama

“Max Adams is one of the most knowledgeable and talented people in screenwriting that I know, all writers need to hear what Max Adams has to say.”

~ Kerry Valderrama,
Winner, 2015 Best Director Independent
Television & Film Festival

Screenwriter and Author Toni McGee Causey

“The brilliance of taking Max Adams’ classes is that you start seeing improvement in your writing almost immediately. Not long after Max’s classes, I sold a three book deal to St. Martin’s Press on a pre-empt and hit the USA Today Bestseller list.”

~ Toni McGee Causey, Charmed and Dangerous,
Girls Just Wanna Have Guns,
When a Man Loves a Weapon

Patricia Burroughs

“The input I got from Max Adams lifted my script, “Redemption,” from a SemiFinalist to a Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting award winner. She is smart, savvy, experienced, and generous. She is a fabulous teacher.”

~ Patricia Burroughs, Winner
Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting,
This Crumbling  Pageant,
La Desperada,  Scandalous

Jennifer Mulligan

“Max Adams has been a keen mentor, champion and cheerleader. Her online classes have provided me with very specific and important screenwriting tools. My short script, Minerva’s War, was a 2014 Finalist at the Lady Filmmakers Film Festival in Beverly Hills as a direct result of learning and applying these techniques.”

~ Jennifer Mulligan,
Minerva’s War, Algebra,
2016 Recipient SAW JumpStart Video Grant,
Death Isn’t the Same Any More,
winner 2017 Lady Filmmaker’s Film Festival Director’s  Award

Betsy Hannas Morris impersonating a smoking cat - which is why we love her so

“Participating in Max’s workshop taught me more about screenwriting — and the commitment it requires — than anything else I’ve ever read or done.”

~ Betsy Hannas Morris,
Ten Inch Hero, Last Call at Murray’s

Della Vance Greenawalt

“Max Adams’ classes are the best I have ever taken.  In every class I have experienced a “light bulb” moment that raised my scripts to another level.”

~ Della Vance Greenawalt, gold winner,
2016 Beverly Hills Screenwriting Contest

2019 International Independent Film Awards

Kristen McNaule Best Screenplay Digi60 2016

“AFW’s 5150 workshop has given an incredible boost to my writing, thanks to the guidance of Max Adams.”

~ Kristen McNaule,
From Sarajevo,
Chain New York City Film Festival Official Selection,
Best Director, Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival,
Official Selection CBC Short Film Series,

Best Screenplay
Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival,
Saint Charles Place,
2017 Official Selection, Atlantic City Cinefest

Gwenda Bond

“Max’s workshop was a transformative experience for me as a young writer. Max is a wonderful writing mentor with a sharp eye who gives candid, concrete and practical feedback and advice, in a way that helps writers make their stories the best they can be.”

~ Gwenda Bond,
Blackwood, The Woken Gods,
Girl on a Wire, Lois Lane: Fallout

Nancy Bilyeau

“When I started taking Max’s classes, my scripts were like plays, without many visuals and little action. In her classes and workshops, I learned how to write visually, to show character through behavior and dialogue and how to pace action. I carried her advice over to my fiction and have now published two novels and have a contract for a third.”

~ Nancy Bilyeau, The Crown,

The Chalice,  The Tapestry, The Blue

Screenwriter Dan Goforth

“For a screenwriter, Max Adams’ 5150 Workshop is one of the best things you can do to improve yourself and your work. If you’re lucky enough to catch an open spot, TAKE IT!!! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to grab a copy of Max’s book, The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide; Or, Guerrilla Meeting Tactics and Other Acts of War. There are a lot of books that will tell you how to write. This is that one book that tells you what you need to know to be a screenwriter in the business!”

Dan Goforth, Walk. Ride. Rodeo.
The Chronic Argonauts, Dawn Over Kitty Hawk

Screenwriter & Author Peter Andrews

“If you want to take the next step in your writing, Max makes the difference. She’s hands-on in classes that balance essential skills with insights you won’t get anywhere else. She wrangles diverse, talented authors in a community that sets the standard for valuable critiques and connections. And her detailed, thoughtful consultations on your scripts will provide the paths you need to realize their potential.”

Peter Andrews,
Head Case:
Houston Comedy Film Festival Official Selection 2019

Screenwriter Al Finocchio

“AFW classes dovetail focused study with ultra-insightful guidance. 5150 offers a tight-knit community for exchanging invaluable feedback on WIPs. Both have pushed me towards work worth sending out. Max is as smart, tough, and entertaining as she sounds in her book, and it’s hard to imagine a better mentor. Thanks, Max!”

Al Finocchio,
Give Love a Shot,
First Place, Los Angeles Independent Film
Festival Awards (LAIFFA)
Screenplay Shorts

Screenwriters Nancy Bilyeau, Peter Andrews, and Michele Koop, 5150 New York

“I have taken many of Max Adams’ classes and have been an active 5150 workshop member since the workshop first started. I can’t say enough about how much Max has taught me to grow as a screenwriter. Her classes are excellent and really focus on applying the skills needed to be a successful screenwriter. She has been a fabulous mentor to me and many others, and gives her knowledge and experience wholeheartedly in helping her students and workshoppers to grow.”

Michele Koop, Diana Truly,
The Black List’s Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Choice
(and listen, we are never going to talk Michele out of
a better photo, Michele is CAMERA SHY — dammit)


Screenwriter Kent Williams

“If you are prepared to work, Max will teach you the tools to go as far as your talent allows.”

Kent Williams,
ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018

Stacy Baker Masand

“You know that saying, ‘You don’t know what you don’t know?’ That was my experience before taking classes at The Academy of Film Writing. Hands down, my writing transformed more after taking Max’s courses than any other time period or curriculum. For the first time, I saw my stories and characters truly come alive.”

~ Stacy Baker Masand,
Best 30 Minute
Original Teleplay,
Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Writing Contest

Deborah Chesher AKA Chesher Cat

“If you are considering taking a Max Adams screenwriting class be prepared to work your ass off. In return, the quality of your scripts will improve to a professional level. Max’s classes are on point and challenging – something every writer needs.”

~ Deborah Chesher,
End of the Innocents,

Everybody I Shot is Dead

Doug Solter

“Max Adams is the real deal. I’ve taken three of her classes so far and they’ve upped my game as an author and a screenwriter. I still refer to her class lectures as I work on new projects. Max offers real tools you will continue to use over and over again in your career.”

~ Doug Solter,  Skid,
My Girlfriend Bites, 

Screenwriter Wey Loh

“Max was my first screenwriting teacher. She teaches story, structure and character like no one else. If you want a screenplay that can make it into production, Max should be your first stop.“

~ Wey Loh,
Universe – Stellar Birth

*There are more but we are having some sort of Mercury Retrograde site meltdown on the testomonials page. Stay frosty. More are coming back. Ahhh!