A Transformational Masters-Level

Training for Writers Committed

to Leveling Up Their Craft

The Story Grid Guild is the first and only practice driven writing program based on a complete narrative theory.

Grounded in philosophy, history and and cognitive science, the Story Grid framework comprises the lifetime work of writer, editor, and nine-figure generating publishing professional Shawn Coyne. The Story Grid integrates classic communication theory and present understanding of complex dynamic systems into a comprehensive pedagogy capable of demystifying our most powerful psycho-technology: Storytelling.

Unlike other writing programs, we do not offer just passive propositional teaching. Each week you will engage with the content, work through exercises, interact with a cohort and take systematic steps to direct and clarify your voice as a line-by-line writer in the service of becoming a cathartic storyteller.


"Spending four months with our methodology

will turn your 'some-day, maybe I’ll do it'

into a right now daily practice."
— Shawn Coyne, founder and creator of Story Grid

REGISTRATION IS CURRENTLY CLOSED

A new semester begins January 1, 2023


A Transformation Process

Built on a Complete Narrative Theory

Joined with a Community of Dedicated Writers

The first big hurdle was sitting down to write.

You know how to do that now.

You can consistently sit down and get the writing done.

But after you've done that for a while, you start running into some problems.

  • You have multiple manuscripts that are finished but are not working.
  • Your writing is boring but you don’t know why.
  • You know you’re making the same mistakes over and over, but you don’t know what they are, much less how to fix them.
  • Your beta readers aren’t engaged and every agent / publisher is rejecting your writing samples.

You were fed the "Big Lie" of writing.

It's summed up in this quote from Stephen King:

"If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot."

It's as if simply putting words down on a page for long enough will ultimately get you where you want to go.

You see this lie everywhere.

Here it is in a famous quote from Ira Glass about all creativity:

"The most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. [...] Because it’s only by going through an actual volume of work, that you’re actually going to catch up and close that gap [between bad and good creativity]."

Here it is again about making movies from Quentin Tarantino:

"If you just truly love cinema with enough passion then you can't help but make a good movie."

This seems to be the formula:

Part of the “Big Lie” of writing is there is no systematic way of learning to write based on a full narrative theory.

Up until now, you’ve only been exposed to pieces of the Narrative Theory.

There hasn't been a full Narrative Theory you could rely on and learn from.

It's the Blind Men and the Elephant Problem

Up until now you’ve been taught various forms and structures around writing.

But it’s been missing two things:

  • A full, start-to-finish Narrative Theory that encompasses the whole “elephant” of storytelling.
  • A systematic way to practice and level up your craft as a writer.

Well…

It’s been missing until now.

A Transformational Process

The worst thing you can do right now is join another program to help you churn out another manuscript that doesn’t work.

Stop churning out words every day hoping it will some day, maybe be any good.

There are times to slow down, hit pause, and focus on skill development.

The Story Grid Guild is designed to give you in-depth training with unique practice to level up specific writing skills you can add to your professional toolbox.

Each week, you will engage with a new writing topic in a way you never have before and start refining your writing ability to add the new skill to your repertoire.

Learn a Complete, Coherent Narrative Theory

Over the course your Guild membership, you will go through in-depth training that will ensure you understand story from the ground up.

You will be able to write compelling, valenced sentences that keep the reader turning pages while you build out a full macro story that delivers a cathartic, memorable experience.

What Our Current Students Are Saying

"The Guild has completely transformed my writing."

"By exploring story in a more complete way, I’m now able to construct a more cohesive narrative; and then pairing this understanding with beat to beat level instruction, I’m able to get the right words on the page. The Guild is a commitment, but one that is well worth it."

— Amy Kelm

"I spent years in the wilderness of craft books, university writing classes and local writer workshops."

"I was trying to find someone who could not only tell HOW to do this mysterious task of writing a novel but also tell me where mine was going wrong! I had some amazing teachers and I knew I had good instincts and I had tons of writing "practice" but I did not have a map... I was always wandering around. Story Grid is the map... actually it's the star chart, the globe and the atlas. Add to that a community of writers and instructors who all speak the same language... you will not get lost again."

— Krista Adams, Writer and Story Grid Certified Editor

"There is so much more value than I was expecting."

"When I first signed up, I was worried I was making a mistake. It was a lot of money to me. But now that I realize how much is involved and how much I'm getting out of it, I feel like it was actually an amazing deal. It's such an intensive course and the trainers are putting so much work into it, and I'm so glad that I get to be part of it."

— Annette Roth

"This material isn't talked about anywhere else."

"The Story Grid Guild is the only place to get it. I've been challenged and frustrated, but all in a good way. I love the forums. It is wonderful to be in a community where people care so much about learning and understanding the material.

I know two people joining the new semester. I did not try to encourage them to join. Instead, I kept going on about the incredible concepts I was learning, the new perspectives for analyzing works, etc. It just got them interested and wanting to have it for themselves."

— Pam G

"I have learned so much from the guild that has improved my writing."

"This teaching is objective, not subjective. I am able to understand logically where there is a problem and then how to fix it.

If you're tired of getting feedback based on 'feelings,' if you're ready to understand the bones of story and learn to use them to build your own unique stories, stories that work, then the Story Grid Guild is the right place to learn."

— Cathy Ryan

"I always tell anyone and everyone to join the Guild!"

"It is the most useful writer's resource because it has specific and actionable development tools to diagnose a scene to make it work. The information I've learned in the Story Grid Guild cannot be found anywhere else. Story Grid has been the most helpful resource out of everything I've read to improve my writing.

The community of writers is an extra resource of limitless knowledge and experience of the same writing mindset. The Guild members have an understanding of the same Story Grid methodology, and they're excellent at helping to explain concepts. It's invaluable, and I benefit from it in ways that I'd never get on my own."

— Kristi Stalder, author of Navigating Assisted Living

Build Relationships With Other Writers Dedicated to the Craft

Writing is a lonely journey. When it comes down to it, you’re alone with your keyboard and a blinking cursor.

Inside the Story Grid Guild you will find a community of writers working together to level up their craft.

Plus, join a Weekly Study Group

You will have the opportunity to join a small group of other Guild members to discuss the week's training, compare notes on the writing assignment, and work through exercises to deepen your understanding of the training.

We have groups available for all days of the week and across timezones.

Here's What You Will Learn

One year of Guild membership includes three 16-week semesters.
The syllabus for the semester beginning January 1 includes:

Study

Three masterwork pattern scenes.

Learn

To differentiate the signal from the noise.

Practice
Creating iterations to communicate a specific message to your audience.


Weeks 1 - 5:

Scene Analysis and Planning

Discover the Story Grid 624 Analysis Toolkit that allows you to gain high resolution understanding for the story.

During this process you will learn to use tools including:

  • The 5-leaf Genre Clover to get crystal clear on how to meet reader expectations.
  • The Proposition of Possibility (POP) generates and governs the problem space for a story.
  • The Narrative Device which sets out the Author, Single Audience Member, and Problem for the story.
  • Point of View options for presenting the story to the reader.
  • The Five Commandments that track the value shift in a story.
  • The Event Synthesis Analysis which evaluates the trinity planes of perception in the story.
  • Identifying Tropes and Beats in the story.

Weeks 6 - 10:

Writing Engaging Action

Build your toolkit for writing action by adding energy to your writing that generates excitement and anxiety in the reader.

During this process you will learn:

  • The different types of Action Beats and when to use them in your writing.
  • How valence in your language plays a huge role in generating engaging action.
  • The critical role misattunement in your line-by-line writing plays in keeping the reader turning pages.
  • Internal and External sources of energy that drive action in the story.
  • Daily examples of Beat Analysis from Masterworks delivered to your inbox.

Weeks 11 - 13:

Character Development

Understand how to develop characters that readers will empathize with and connect to.

During this training you will learn:

  • How to effectively reveal your character's true nature through action instead of exposition.
  • The 3 categories of Breakdown Beats that force the characters to change in your story.
  • How misattuning the Beat writing reveals the truth about the characters.
  • How writing Freeze, Flight, and Fight play into character development.
  • The 7 ways a character can react to misattunement in their environment.

Weeks 14 - 16:

Writing Captivating Exposition

Exposition is necessary in your writing, but hard to do well without boring the reader.

During this training you will learn:

  • Frameworks for building exposition in a way that engages your readers in a coherent experience.
  • Techniques to avoid info dumps while making sure you include enough description to keep your reader from getting confused.
  • The 3 functions of exposition and how to balance them in your writing.
  • How to connect the exposition in your scenes to the global concepts at play in your story to make sure that the entire story works together as a whole.

Meet Your Instructors

These are the people guiding you through the training. Shawn Coyne is providing the basis for all of the theory and content and answering your questions monthly. Danielle Kiowski and Leslie Watts are providing the weekly instruction and assignments.

Shawn Coyne
Founder and Creator of Story Grid

Shawn Coyne is a writer, editor, and publishing professional with over 30 years of experience. He has published more than 300 books with many dozens of bestsellers across all genres and generated over $150,000,000 of revenue.

He started his editing career in 1991 as an editorial assistant and was promoted to senior editor in less than five years. Four years later, he became a publisher. Throughout his twenty year career in traditional publishing, he held positions at Dell Publishing, St. Martin's Press, and Doubleday Publishing.

From 2001 through 2007, Coyne founded and served as Publisher and Managing Partner for Rugged Land Books. In its six years of operation, Rugged Land published thirty-six hardcover titles and fourteen trade paperback titles. One third of all original titles published at Rugged Land were placed on the major bestseller lists.

After shuttering Rugged Land in 2007, Coyne became a literary agent representing many bestselling authors including Robert McKee, Steven Pressfield, David Feherty, Scott Patterson, Anita Raghaven, and many others.

In 2011, Coyne co-founded Black Irish Books where he has published over twenty-five titles including bestsellers such as The War of Art and Turning Pro.

In 2015, he wrote and published The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know and, later that year, launched the Story Grid Podcast. Since then, Story Grid has grown into a community of 40,000+ writers dedicated to leveling up their craft.

Shawn continues to study and write on Narrative Theory, develop the Story Grid methodology, and teach aspiring and professional writers.

A small sampling of works he acquired, edited, published and/or represented include James Bamford, John Brenkus, James Lee Burke, Barbara Bush, Dick Butkus, Harlan Coben, Nellie Connally, Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Ben Crenshaw, Catherine Crier, Brett Favre, David Feherty, John Feinstein, Tyler Florence, Jim Gant, Col. David H. Hackworth, Jamie Harrison, Mo Hayder, William Hjortsberg, Stephen Graham Jones, Jon Krakauer, David Leadbetter, Alan Lomax, David Mamet, Troon McAllister, Robert McKee, Matthew Modine, Bill Murray, Joe Namath, John J. Nance, Jack Olsen, Scott Patterson, Steven Pressfield, Matthew Quirk, Anita Raghavan, Ian Rankin, Ruth Rendell, Jerry Rice, Giora Romm, Tim Rosaforte, William Safire, Dava Sobel, Michael Thomas, Nick Tosches, Ann Scott Tyson, Minette Walters, Betty White, Randy Wayne White, Steven White, and Don Winslow among many others.

Danielle Kiowski
Chief Academic Officer, Story Grid Universe

Danielle works with writers to help them tell the stories that they need to tell.

In 2019, she came to Story Grid to level up her own craft, and discovered a passion for teaching others and helping them to tell their stories. She strives to guide her students and clients to unlock a new understanding of how stories work and how they can apply that insight to their own writing and in their own lives. Writing is hard work. She coaches her writers through the transformative work that they must face to tell a story that matters while maintaining focus on the joy of creating art and protecting the passion for storytelling that drives them to the page.

As the Chief Academic Officer at Story Grid, Danielle crafts the Guild experience to help members reach their writing goals. Along the way, she teaches plenty of theory, but always brings it back to the page — where the writing happens!

Leslie Watts
Editor-in-Chief, Story Grid Publishing

Editor-in-Chief Leslie Watts oversees acquisition and editing of Story Grid Publishing’s fiction and nonfiction titles. A member of the first class of Story Grid certified editors, Leslie is also a podcaster, instructor, mentor, and proud story nerd. She has written craft-focused books, including Point of View, Conventions and Obligatory Moments (with Kimberly Kessler), What’s the Big Idea? (with Shelley Sperry), and Story Grid masterwork analysis guides to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point (with Shelley Sperry).

Leslie has been writing and editing for as long as she can remember—from her sixth-grade magazine about cats to drafting opinions for an appellate court judge. After a detour as a lawyer, she returned to her true calling as an author and editor. She believes in sharing specific, supportive guidance with writers to help them become better storytellers. Leslie lives on the coast of Maine with her husband and two children.

2 OPTIONS

Join the Guild

OPTION 1:

MEMBERSHIP

When you join the self-study option of the Story Grid Guild, you get access to all of the weekly training and worksheets.

Additionally, each month you have access to new live training and Q&As with Story Grid creator and founder Shawn Coyne along with a live Q&A with the program instructors, Danielle Kiowski and Leslie Watts.

Other benefits include group discussion with fellow Guild members, Story Grid Database access, and free Story Grid foundations training.

OPTION 2:

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The Story Grid Guild 1-on-1 Editor Mentorship Program.

One of the best ways to speed up any learning practice is to shorten the feedback loop of your practice.

The time between doing the practice and getting specific, expert feedback on your practice should be as short as possible.

This is what you get when you join the 1-on-1 Editor Mentorship inside of the Guild.

Each week, your Editor Mentor gives you feedback on the week’s assignment within two business days along with follow-up, custom assignments to go deeper on your skills.

Along with this, you will have 1-on-1 coaching calls along with weekly group coaching calls and a personalized writing plan.

At the end of the 3-year Guild Program, Editor Mentorship students will complete a guided thesis project to become a Story Grid Certified Writer.

Here's what our current 1-on-1 Editor Mentorship students
have to say about their experience...

Is the Story Grid Guild Right for You?

We understand most writers aren’t a good fit for the Guild.

It takes an intense level of hard work and dedication to engage with the training and level up your skill as a writer.

To that end, we want to provide this guide to ensure you find the right fit for your writing journey.

IF:

You are looking to churn out a first draft and quickly publish...

We get it. Not everyone is looking to level up their craft as a writer. Many people want to be an author more than a writer.

Maybe you want to leave behind a memoir for your family or have a dream of spinning up a crime story that you can give your friends.

THEN:

... we recommend Self-publishing School.

If you are looking for help getting your first draft quickly edited and published as fast as possible, we recommend you check out the Self-Publishing School.


They will take your book through editing and publishing for a fee.

VISIT THE SELF-PUBLISHING SCHOOL WEBSITE

IF:

You are looking for a formula to write a bestseller...

If you are looking for a simple fill-in-the-blank system that promises instant bestseller status, the Story Grid Guild is going to be a frustrating place for you.

We are focused on iterative practice based on a complete, coherent narrative theory.

THEN:

...we recommend Save the Cat or The Snowflake Method.

There are several programs and books that break down bestsellers into an easy-to-follow formula that will have you plotting and outlining in no time.

Two you could consider are Save the Cat by Blake Snyder and The Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson.

IF:

You believe true writing is only about following the Muse...

Does the idea of developing writing as a skill seem foreign or even sacrilegious to you?

Do you believe listening to your inner voice is the best way to develop a work of art?

THEN:

...we recommend The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.

If so, the Story Grid Guild is not a good fit for you.

We focus on studying masterworks and leveling up our writing skillset.

The best thing we could recommend for you is The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Do you think a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing is the best way to develop your writing?

The average cost of an MFA program is $13,800 a year at public universities and $36,300 at private universities.

Additionally, it won’t provide anywhere near the rigor and level of useful writing training found in the Story Grid Guild.

Watch the videos below to hear from Guild students who also have their MFA in Creative Writing.

Still here?

We have a few more questions for you...

  • Do you want to join a community of writers wholly dedicated to exploring the Story landscape for the love of the domain as much as for the productive byproducts?
  • Do you want to quit pretending and submit to the intense training it takes to develop your skills?
  • Do you suspect that everything you’ve been taught about how talent reigns and you’re either born with a supernatural storytelling gift or not is absurd?
  • Are you open to examining the ways you frame the world around you and the way the world frames you?
  • Are you focused on dialogue to grow your learning instead of arguing to be right?
  • Do you believe that there are universal human patterns of behavior and universal human values like Life, Love, Power, Courage, Beauty, Truth, Humility, Respect, Well-Being, Wisdom, etc., that all people share?
  • Do you know that life is deeply meaningful and you wish to contribute more meaning to the world through your writing?

If you answered YES to these...

We think you are a great fit for the Story Grid Guild!

Join the Story Grid Guild

We have two options to join the Story Grid Guild.

Registration is Currently Closed

SELF-STUDY
Guild Membership

Join the only writing program based on a complete narrative theory developed over thirty years by editor and author Shawn Coyne.

One year of Guild membership consists of three 16-week semesters and includes:

  • Weekly Instruction
    Every Sunday you will receive access to new writing instruction covering the week’s topic. This will include examples, how-tos, and next steps for your personal writing practice.
  • Weekly Worksheet
    Every Sunday with the release of the instruction, you will get access to the week's writing worksheet. This will take less than an hour a week, but will include highly potent and practical exercises to help you level up your writing.
  • Monthly Instructor Q&A
    Each month, join the semester's instructor for a live Q&A to ask your questions on the month's topic, instruction, and practice.
  • Monthly Q&A with Shawn Coyne
    Each month you will have access to a live Q&A where Shawn Coyne will answer your questions. You can submit questions ahead of time if you’re unable to attend.
  • Group Practice and Discussion
    You will have the opportunity to join small groups of other Guild members to weekly work and practice together.

$960/semester
or $265/month

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
1-on-1 Editor Mentorship

Upgrade your Guild experience with 1-on-1 mentorship with a Story Grid Certified Editor.

Includes everything in the Guild Membership, PLUS:

  • Personalized Writing Plan
    Your Editor Mentor will interview you about your goals with writing and lay out a personalized plan for your writing over the next year.
  • Weekly Assignment Review
    Every week, your Editor Mentor will review your writing assignment and give direct, actionable feedback.
  • Customized Assignments
    During the assignment review, your Editor Mentor will provide custom follow-up assignments to help you take your writing further.
  • 1-on-1 Coaching Calls
    Every two weeks, you will meet with your Editor Mentor 1-on-1 to discuss your progress, ask questions, and receive feedback.
  • Weekly Live Group Coaching
    Every week, join your fellow Editor Mentorship writers in a group coaching with Chief Academic Officer Danielle Kiowski and Editor-in-Chief Leslie Watts.
  • Become a Story Grid Certified Writer
    At the end of the 3-year Guild program, Editor Mentorship students will complete a guided thesis project to gain their certification.

$680/month
+ $500 Initial Planning & Setup Fee

Additional Resources For All Guild Members

💻 

FOUNDATIONS TRAINING

Access in-depth training on the foundational Story Grid tools and methodology including the Spreadsheet, Five Commandments of Storytelling and the Foolscap

💡 

STORY GRID DATABASE

We have been hard at work developing a searchable database of scene types, value shifts, obligatory moments, conventions, and more along with interactive infographics. Only Guild members have access to this new treasure trove of story insights.

💰 

20% OFF EVERYTHING

As a Story Grid Guild member you will receive 20% off all products, events, seminars, and books we offer (excluding Story Grid Editor Certification training).

🧮 

BEAT PRACTICE DATABASE

Coming in the first quarter of 2023. Identifying Beat structure in a Masterwork is an integral part of applying it to your own writing. We are developing a system to allow you to practice in our system. Only Guild members have access to this database.

What Our Current Students Are Saying

"This will become the required basics for every writer in the future."

"The concepts of Story Grid are brilliantly insightful to the writing process. If you want to understand the structure of story and how to write well, you need to study Story Grid."

— Bill Babb

"If you really want to learn how to write — really — then this is the way to go"

"This is what I've been waiting for forever. Nobody out there is doing this and this is the only way to really become good at writing.

We have to know what we're doing. Nobody becomes a doctor by winging it. Why is it assumed that writing is any different?

Shawn is a visionary."

— Shelley Malka, Ph.D

"I would recommend this to all real writers out there that want to be proud of their work."

"Stop wasting your time typing out fancy words and stop trying to copy other writers styles. Instead, learn how to tell a story on three different levels and beyond. You won't regret leveling up yourself."

— S.E. Mckee

"One-of-a-kind deep-dive learning you can't get ANYWHERE else."

"Members of the Guild are challenged to improve our writing skills together. We share questions and reach understanding while sharing resources generously."

— Johne Cook, author of The Blue Golem

"Story Grid is the best way to analyse stories in a practical, useful way whilst still keeping the process creative."

"Think about some vague piece of writing feedback you've had in the past, such as being told that something ‘doesn’t flow right’ or a character seems ‘off’. Story Grid will show you how to analyse all aspects of Story to help you understand why something is working, or why not. "

— Linda

"The Guild offers extensive resources on story craft."

"If you're thinking you'd like to write a story, have a draft or two, or have been writing a story for a long time but don't know how to finish it, Story Grid can provide the tools you need, like a trusty roadmap, to know where to begin, how to plow through the middle, and how to reach the end without wasting time and energy and, most importantly, WORDS."

— Estee Cortez

FAQs

What happens when I join?

You will have a link on your My Account page so you can access the Guild Dashboard.

This will give you access to the dashboard for the new semester of the Story Grid Guild. You will be able to access the Story Grid Foundations series of courses and other resources to get you started.

On December 15th you will be able to register for the particular class you would like to take during the first semester of the year.

On Sunday, January 1st you will receive the first weekly training and worksheet to kick off the semester of training.

How much of a time commitment is the Story Grid Guild?

You will have plenty of opportunities to invest in leveling up your craft inside the Guild through training, practice, and community.

The weekly training and assignment takes roughly two hours to complete. The small group meetings last less than an hour and the monthly live Q&As last sixty to ninety minutes.

Beyond that, we welcome you to invest as much time as you have available in the various resources to work with the material.

Who will be leading the training each week?

The weekly training will be divided between Chief Academic Officer Danielle Kiowski and Story Grid Publishing Editor-in-Chief Leslie Watts. Shawn Coyne will continue doing his monthly training and Q&A.

How do the groups work?

You will have the ability to create a profile viewable by other Guild members that includes genre, location, and other information. You will be able to connect with other members to form weekly groups for discussion and learning.

How does the semester schedule work?

Every four months we start a new semester of training. We will follow a specific curriculum that takes you start-to-finish through a masterwork scene to gain a deep understanding of Beats in your line-by-line writing.

What happens if I can't attend a live Q&A call with Shawn or the instructors?

All calls will be recorded and posted to the Guild dashboard. They'll be available for the duration of your membership so you can listen to them at your convenience. You'll also have an opportunity to send questions in advance.

I understand each semester is 16 weeks and there are 3 semesters per year. Is the syllabus the same every time?

Each semester the syllabus is different as you will be taking a different required class in the Story Grid Guild training.

You can see a more detailed outline of the 3-year plan in the syllabus section of this page.

What does the practice consist of? Are we writing our own material, or analyzing and dissecting the works of others?

Each week there will be an assignment based on that week's training. The assignments vary depending on the material in the week's training. The Guild is not meant to work on your current work-in-progress. It's focused on skill acquisition that will level up all your future writing.

I write nonfiction. Is this still a good fit for me?

The Story Grid Guild is focused on leveling up your line-by-line writing as well as your overall understanding of narrative theory. This will improve your skills across all writing whether it's fiction, nonfiction, marketing or even your daily emails.

The methodology in the Guild has been applied across all genres and, even though we use a scene from a masterwork of fiction as the study tool for the semester, you will be surprised how much it applies across everything you write.

What sort of feedback do we get?

We are not able to provide 1-on-1 feedback to Guild members. We have the cohorts that allow you to work with other students on your answers and we provide general feedback based on what we are seeing in the answers. We also have monthly Q&As with the instructors and Shawn Coyne to answer questions along the way.

If you are interested in getting 1-on-1 feedback we recommend joining the Editor Mentorship Program.

Can you tell me more about the members-only Story Grid database? What sort of content does it contain?

It contains a searchable database of scenes, value shifts, and other story elements. It allows you to quickly pull up reference and example material from Story Grid Masterwork Guides. It is designed to help you get unstuck when working through your Story Grid Spreadsheet or writing an important seen in your work-in-progress.

Can I join whenever I want?

Because the Guild is now running on a 4-month semester cycle, registration is currently open for the semester that begins January 1, 2023. Registration will close on November 18, 2022.

How do renewals work?

Your membership will automatically renew for both the yearly and monthly membership options. Continuing the membership is the only way to lock-in your pricing and avoid future price increases.

What if I need to cancel?

If you need to cancel a future renewal, please notify us at [email protected] at least one week before your renewal date. Keep in mind, once you cancel there is a 6-month waiting period to rejoin and you will not be able to rejoin at your previous pricing.

I still have more questions. Who can I contact?

If you've still got questions, simply send us an email at [email protected].

Join the Story Grid Guild

We have two options to join the Story Grid Guild.

Registration is Currently Closed

SELF-STUDY
Guild Membership

Join the only writing program based on a complete narrative theory developed over thirty years by editor and author Shawn Coyne.

One year of Guild membership consists of three 16-week semesters and includes:

  • Weekly Instruction
    Every Sunday you will receive access to new writing instruction covering the week’s topic. This will include examples, how-tos, and next steps for your personal writing practice.
  • Weekly Worksheet
    Every Sunday with the release of the instruction, you will get access to the week's writing worksheet. This will take less than an hour a week, but will include highly potent and practical exercises to help you level up your writing.
  • Monthly Instructor Q&A
    Each month, join the semester's instructor for a live Q&A to ask your questions on the month's topic, instruction, and practice.
  • Monthly Q&A with Shawn Coyne
    Each month you will have access to a live Q&A where Shawn Coyne will answer your questions. You can submit questions ahead of time if you’re unable to attend.
  • Group Practice and Discussion
    You will have the opportunity to join small groups of other Guild members to weekly work and practice together.

$960/semester
or $265/month

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
1-on-1 Editor Mentorship

Upgrade your Guild experience with 1-on-1 mentorship with a Story Grid Certified Editor.

Includes everything in the Guild Membership, PLUS:

  • Personalized Writing Plan
    Your Editor Mentor will interview you about your goals with writing and lay out a personalized plan for your writing over the next year.
  • Weekly Assignment Review
    Every week, your Editor Mentor will review your writing assignment and give direct, actionable feedback.
  • Customized Assignments
    During the assignment review, your Editor Mentor will provide custom follow-up assignments to help you take your writing further.
  • 1-on-1 Coaching Calls
    Every two weeks, you will meet with your Editor Mentor 1-on-1 to discuss your progress, ask questions, and receive feedback.
  • Weekly Live Group Coaching
    Every week, join your fellow Editor Mentorship writers in a group coaching with Chief Academic Officer Danielle Kiowski and Editor-in-Chief Leslie Watts.
  • Become a Story Grid Certified Writer
    At the end of the 3-year Guild program, Editor Mentorship students will complete a guided thesis project to gain their certification.

$680/month
+ $500 Initial Planning & Setup Fee