Never Get Lost in Your Writing Again

Join Story Through Line: A Live Narrative Path Workshop, a practice-based training
that begins January 2nd and is limited to 30 students.

What’s included?

  • Weekly Live Training and Group Workshops
  • 1-on-1 Feedback on Your Assignments
  • Daily Group Exercises
  • Weekly Practice Assignments
  • Dedicated Cohort Discussion Channel
  • A Small Group of No More Than 30 Students


Story Through Line: A Live Narrative Path Workshop is a group training and workshop program designed to give you a deep understanding of the 3-step process for developing the theme for your story that becomes the backbone of the entire narrative. Limited to 30 students, this workshop will provide the perfect environment to get specific feedback and instruction to level up your skills as a writer.


Story Through Line: A Live Narrative Path Workshop is designed for writers who want to tell strong, cohesive stories. If you struggle to start and finish working manuscripts, deeply understanding your story's theme will help you move past this roadblock.


Story Through Line: A Live Narrative Path Workshop is hosted online. The weekly 90-minute training and group workshopping will be hosted on Zoom and the dedicated cohort discussion channel will be hosted on Slack. You will be able to submit your homework for the weekly group workshop via Google Docs.


Each week, Leslie will provide training and review multiple Masterwork examples. Then, there will be live workshopping to help you put the training into practice. Between each live session, you'll receive an assignment to apply the principles you've learned. 


The first live session starts on Tuesday, January 2nd, at 7 PM Eastern / 4 PM Pacific. Access to the discussion channel will be available starting December 31st. From there, we will meet each week on Monday at the same time for six weeks.


Our goal is to equip writers with the skills needed to write a book and leave a legacy. Understanding your story's theme is crucial for writing a book that will captivate readers and generate word-of-mouth recommendations. 

Here's How It Works

Weekly Live Instruction

Each week you will receive clear, actionable instruction on how to develop each of the 3 parts of your Story Theme. You will see many examples from well known titles.

Weekly Practice

Each week you will receive a specific assignment to practice what you just learned and then a deadline to turn in the assignment.

Weekly Group Workshop

Starting the 2nd week, the assignments you turn in will be analyzed live on the training call to provide specific feedback on how to improve your writing.

Daily Group Practice

Every weekday, we will post a daily group exercise to practice the micro skills being taught each week during the live training.

Cohort Discussion Channel

All of the students will have access to a private Slack channel to discuss the weekly training, participate in the daily group exercises, and collaborate together throughout the six week workshop.

Archive Access

You will retain future access to all recordings of the live training and workshops to review in the future.

Access to each of the 30 seats is:
(payment plans are available)


Because this 6-week workshop includes live discussion and feedback on your writing, we are limiting it to 30 students.

We want to get some information to make sure you're a good fit. Please either fill out an application or schedule a consultation below.

Your Trainer

Leslie Watts is the Editor-in-Chief of Story Grid Publishing and leads the Editor Certification Training Program.

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.


When are the weekly meetings? What if I can't attend live?

The meetings are scheduled for Tuesdays at 7 PM Eastern / 4 PM Pacific (convert to your timezone) starting January 2nd. If you are unable to join live, the recording will be provided within twenty-four hours of the meeting.

How do the practice assignments work?

Each week Leslie will assign homework to help you practice what you've learned. You will have 5 days to turn in your assignment. There is no requirement to turn in your assignment, but Leslie will choose from the assignments turned in to give analyzation and feedback on the live calls.

Will my assignments receive feedback every week?

This is a group workshop and does not include 1-on-1 feedback. Leslie will analyze as many homework scenes each week on the live calls, but she cannot guarantee that yours will be chosen each week.

How do I sign up for the workshop?

Because we only have 30 seats available, we are requiring everyone to fill out an application to join. This will ensure we create the best learning environment possible for all of the students.

Is there a guarantee? What if I'm not a better writer at the end?

We offer a 100% money-back guarantee. If you get to the end of the six weeks and feel that you have not improved as a writer, we want you to ask for your money back.

However, the only way this workshop will work for you is if you go through the weekly training and complete the practice assignments. Therefore, when you ask for a refund, we will ask you to send us your completed assignments so we can see you actively engaged in the program.

We recommend you do not apply to join the program if you cannot commit to going through the weekly 90-minute training and completing the weekly practice assignments.

What if I have more questions?

Email [email protected] and we will get back to you quickly.