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Introduction and Overview - View Sample Video

Introduction to the Story Mind, Story Structure vs. Storytelling, The Grand Argument Story. The Four Essential Throughlines. The Psychology of Story. How to Psychoanalyze your story.

Characters - View Sample Video

The difference between Objective and Subjective Characters, Why "Hero" is a four-letter word, Why a "Main Character" is not the same as a "Protagonist," how to create the 8 essential archetypal characters.  How to build complex characters, building four-dimensional characters. Character relationships.

Storyforming - View Sample Video

The 8 Essential Questions every author should be able to answer about his or her story: Main Character Resolve: Change or Steadfast?, Main Character Growth: Start or Stop?, Main Character Approach: Do-er or Be-er?, Main Character Technique: Linear or Intuitive?  Story Driver: Action or Decision?, Story Limit: Timelock or Optionlock?, Story Outcome: Success or Failure?, Story Judgment: Good or Bad?

Theme - View Sample Video

Theme as Perspective, Thematic Topics, Thematic Arguments, Classifying Problems, Finding your theme in the Dramatica Structural Model.  The Premise, Thematic Conflict, Thematic Conclusion, building your thematic argument with 28 Thematic Moments.

Storyencoding - View Sample Video

Turning your structure into real people, places, and events, Illustrating Story Points, How to illustrate more than one story point with a single event, Finding the structure in work you have already written, How to use and illustrate Story Domains, Story Concerns, Story Issues, Story Problems.

Plot - View Sample Video

Plot vs. Storyweaving, How Plot affects Character, Theme, and Genre, Satic Plot Points, Goals, Consequences, Requirements, Forewarnings.  Progressive Plot Points, 3 Act Structure, 4 Act Structure, 5 Act Structure, 7 Act Structure, How to KNOW what happens in Act 2, How to create 28 Plot-Driven scenes or chapters.

Storyweaving - View Sample Video

How to create an Exposition Plan for your story, How to make your story interesting with Storyweaving techniques such as: Changing Scope, Changing Importance, Red Herrings, Non-Causality, Reversals, Continuity Breaks, Shifting Context, Flashbacks and Flashforwards.

Genre - View Sample Video

The many faces of Genre, Why every story has a unique Genre, How to create a Genre chart, How to chart and control your audience's emotional throughline, How to avoid breaking emotional continuity, How to create Mixed Emotions in your audience, How to interweave Comedy, Drama, Entertainment, and Information.

Reception - View Sample Video

How to go about the actual writing of your story, The Audience as Writing Partner, Communication or Collaboration?, Who is your Audience?, Audiences as Disposable Tribes, Cultural Considerations, Writing for or about Ethnic Groups, Demographics - Age Groups, Men and Women, Sub-cultures, Authors Intent and how to use it, How to create Propaganda.