The Independent Film School

"I used to wait for divine inspiration. Now writing is like brushing my teeth. It's a habit."

Marcella Hill

Get addicted to writing

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members describe their experience:

Writing dates, independent film school
Our facilitators are some of the warmest, most fun, welcoming and supportive creatives that you'll ever have the fortune to meet.

We meet on zoom daily,
mornings and evenings.

Attend whenever you want

as often as you’d like,
from anywhere.

Cameron Kelly

I am a parent of five children; haven’t been able to write outside of the work sessions at the studio. I’m always amazed at the progress I make when working with other people.


Life, inertia, and everyday distractions have this way of sapping my resolve, commitment, and energy to keep putting in the hours needed to see a project through.

I have the work sessions in my calendar and because of that, I somehow take my writing time more seriously. I know I just need to show up, and even if I’m feeling lost/stuck/purposeless, I usually end up feeling encouraged by other creatives when we do the listening pairs. Because I show up, little steps of progress are made. Every time.

Marcella Hill

Writing alone feels like a slug fest. Work sessions with the group are different. I feel supported, somebody has my back. I’m good for the long haul and go deep. My work has a whole different quality.

I have closer relationships with people I met on the work sessions than with colleagues I saw daily for years.

Dan Matthews

The IFS Studio gives me a peace of mind because I know I will get something done. I’ve made friendships during work sessions. It’s inspiring to see people working alongside you, slowly building an actual body of work.

we will force you to achieve your goals.

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Ela Thier screenwriting

We’ll help!

Membership includes a mini-course so that when you’ll arrive to meet with us, you’ll feel at home.

here, even shy introverts make friends:

According to research published by The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), if you have an appointment with another person, you’re 95% more likely to achieve your goal, than if you tackle the work on your own.

artists don't let artists go it alone.

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Dragonfly, testimonial

Work sessions have been helping not just with productivity but with a boost in self esteem for showing up. I’m inspired by the gentle accountability of this community. The money I spend on the subscription is less than I’ve spent on writing at coffee shops where I’d stare at strangers and pretend to be writing.

Mark Lund, testimonial
Mark Lund
I dove in head first, attended two work sessions every day, and absolutely loved it. I learned, I met people, I gained resources! 
Deb Farrar-Parkman

Work sessions have provided structure to my creative life. In the past, I would start to write rigorously and that would last a minute and a half. The regular sessions have made all the difference. I’ve found a work partner and every Saturday we do a 2-hour session and often find ourselves on a roll and going longer.

Cynthia Preston, testimonial
Cynthia Preston

I’m an actor who has been branching out into writing, producing and directing. I’m very careful about who I spend my time with.

I’ve been attending the IFS Studio every weekday morning …and I love them. They get me in front of the computer and down to work every day. It’s amazing what comes out. I love the community, I’m getting to know people, and it feels really good. We are supporting each other’s creativity and learning from each other. I can’t thank you enough.


Once you join, you’ll be invited to a mini-course to orient you.

When you complete it, you’ll automatically have access to the members area to view our schedule of sessions and join when you’d like. (We’ll show you where all that is. We’re easy to find!)

Our facilitators will be there to help orient you as well.

Yessssss. Now you’re getting it.

The IFS Studio is the perfect place and time to work through a course you’ve enrolled in.

In addition to our facilitated work sessions, you’ll also have access to our 24-7 peer-run virtual space. As people meet and get to know each other, they use the peer-run space to schedule work dates with each other on their schedule.

If you’re enrolled in one or more of my courses, you also get invited to my monthly live sessions for Q&A’s and demos as part of your studio membership.

All you need a good wifi signal, a device with a camera and a mic, and a quiet space to work in.

If you live with other people, especially ones who need things from you (looking at all you amazing parents out there…) this is an opportunity to practice carving out time and space for your creative work.

Ask your peeps to give you a private corner for just one hour, just once a week. For their own good – they should give you (at least!) that much.

Our work sessions will get you unstuck.

Join us just three times, and we’ll help you build a creative work practice even if you’ve never approached your writing or creative work before. Regardless of your level of experience, we got your back.

I’m not particularly blocked these days either, but I use the IFS Studio daily. I write more and I write better when I connect with other human minds who work alongside me.

When I’m in production mode, I stall when I forget to use this incredible space, and I make progress in leaps and bounds when I show up here.

No matter how athletic you are, you don’t climb a mountain alone. You climb with a group.

Importantly, your kickassness grows every time you motivate others to find their mojo too. Our work sessions are an exceptional opportunity to practice supporting other creatives.

If you teach and supporting writers and creatives is part of your daily diet, you’ll discover a format and tools that you’ll be able to use with your students, while you take the time that you need to focus on your own work.

The IFS Studio is not a class and we don’t view discuss each other work. We offer the structure and format to get the work done and to meet each other.

As you forge relationships and connect, you’re encouraged to offer each other input in your own time, outside of our work sessions. I encourage these types of initiatives and many of our members went on to form groups for input.

Studio members have often used the peer-run studio to meet as groups in order to offer input and other type of support.

Our current schedule of facilitated work sessions:

Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm
Monday-Wednesday, 7pm-10pm
Saturdays 10am-1pm

* Thursdays 7-10pm our sessions are open to BIPOC artists only.

These are listed in Eastern US time zone.

Yes! You’re bound to meet some pretty awesome people at the IFS Studio.

For this reason exactly, we set up our peer-run 24-7 studio, so you can schedule additional work sessions with other members, and work as long as you want, whenever you want.

Not at all. We’ve got producers, directors, actors, filmmakers, and many other types of artists, who use the space to get their work done.

Have an email you’ve been putting off writing because it scares you? Been needing to update your website or reel for ages? Join us and we’ll help you get it done!

Enter at your own risk.
artists who join stick with it.

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100% of the profits of The Independent Film School are allocated to producing high-quality, entertaining films, that empower audiences to face the climate emergency, celebrate diversity, and remind us of the best of humanity.

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