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 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,
HollywoodJust4Shorts

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,
Garrison,
Winner, 2015 Best Director Independent
Television & Film Festival

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, winner
Beverly Hills Screenwriting Contest

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

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

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, 
Legends

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


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