Story Grid's Science-Based Deep Dive into the Theory of Storytelling
In this seminar, Shawn Coyne uses powerful storytelling lenses to help you get a better, truer perspective on the whole narrative theory of Story. He blends science and the humanities by introducing philosophers, scientists, and writers from the past and present so we can see Story from all angles.
Story Grid’s approach is based on:
Ancient and modern philosophy, including the works of Aristotle, Plato, Carl Jung, and Joseph Campbell; and
Historical and contemporary masterworks, with a deep dive into one of the world’s greatest—J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
Demystifying squishy language and giving detailed, precise training.
You probably have a shelf (or six shelves) full of books on the writer’s craft.
And you’ve probably taken a few (or a dozen) courses on writing.
When you look back at all those books and courses, do you ever feel like you’re stuck in that ancient parable about the blind men and the elephant?
Each of the men touched a different part of the elephant, and each came away understanding only a fraction of the whole animal—never the true nature of the beast.
The truth is, each craft book and course has provided a glimpse of just one part of the elephant. No one has shown you the true nature of Story—until now.
The Story Grid Trinity Seminar starts by cutting the Story problem in half.
The Theory Half - Understanding the Structure and Organization of Story
The Practice Half - Understanding the Functional Purpose of Story
How do we do this at Story Grid?
Step One: Diagnose what’s not exciting, intriguing, or cathartic in a particular story. In that order. A story must excite the audience first, plant the seeds of intrigue second, and provide catharsis third.
Step Two: Prescribe potent objectively measurable analytic processes the creator can use to create more audience excitement, intrigue and catharsis with succeeding drafts.
The Trinity of Storytellers
The Story Artist. The Story Artist is you, the storyteller. You get to decide why you are telling the story, the controlling idea, the genre, and the values of your story.
Then, you think about the audience of your story and which Story Author will do the best job of communicating your story’s message.
The Story Author. According to Jung, we each have a cast of characters inside of us. They each have their own point of view and unique aspects that set them apart from each other.
The job of the Story Artist is to identify the best Story Author to tell the story in the best way. This is F. Scott Fitzgerald's Nick Carraway or J.R.R Tolkien's grandfather telling his grandchildren a bedtime story.
The Story Avatars. The Story Author then creates Avatars — characters — that he puts on the stage — world-building — and has them interact — conflict — to tell the story the Story Artist envisioned.
The Trinity of Practice
World-building. The Story Author creates the context of the space. Specifically, they build out the nature of the world. This is the Arena of your story.
Content. The Story Author creates the things within your Arena. Specifically, they populate the world with the Avatars — characters — that are performing in your story.
Conflict. The Story Author creates interactions between the Arena and Avatars that generate excitement, intrigue, and catharsis for your audience.
Your Mentor for the Trinity...
Shawn Coyne is the creator and founder of Story Grid. He has worked in the publishing industry for 30 years as an editor at Big Five publishing houses, an independent publisher, and a literary agent—both at a major Hollywood talent agency and at his own agency, Genre Management, Inc. His projects have grossed more than $150 million in North America alone.
In early 2015, he published The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know, and later that year started the Story Grid Podcast with writer and book marketing expert Tim Grahl. Here is a partial list of authors whose works he has acquired, edited, published or represented:
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.
You have forever access that never expires. You'll be able to log in at any time to access the material and come back long into the future for a refresh.
Will the pricing change?
Since this is the first release of the seminar to the public, we are offering it at the lowest price we will ever offer.
On Sunday, January 5th at midnight, the price will go up 33%.
What is your refund policy?
You have 30 days to review the material. If you feel like it is not a good fit for you, simply email [email protected] and let us know why and we will immediately issue a refund.
I'm a Guild member. How do I get my discount?
If you are a member of the Story Grid Guild, you get a 20% discount on all of our training. Simply log in to your account before checking out and the discount will automatically be applied.
Is this seminar a good fit for me?
This seminar is for anyone that wants to write better stories (or help others do the same). Shawn Coyne dives deep into the origins of where Story comes from and walks you all the way through the practical application of the Story Grid Trinity for your own story.
What resources are included in the seminar?
There are 116 lessons and over 30 hours of training all professionally recorded. Along with the video training, we include multiple infographics Shawn created for the training, his full slide deck, and 3 Story Grid Masterwork Analysis Guides to The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit, and Hamilton.