STORY MOMENTUM MASTERY
An in-depth master class on crafting stories that grip readers. Think of it as a writing retreat from home that you can return to as often as you'd like.
Hook Your Reader
Readers latch onto a few simple elements. Learn what those are and how to make them compelling.
Keep Them Hooked
You know what keeps readers reading? Narration that maintains momentum even if nothing is happening.
Don't Mess It Up
You can lose readers if they sense a writer behind the smoke and mirrors. Learn tricks to maintain the illusion.
If readers don't care, your story goes nowhere
The first priority is to write a story people want to read. If you don't do that, you simply won't get an agent or a publisher. Self-publish? Sure. But no readers. You need to hook readers and keep them hooked.
IS ANYTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN ENGAGING YOUR READER?
You want to move people with your words
Sure. As David Lodge says, "The job of the artist is to make people feel." But first, you need readers to invest in the story.
You want to express truths about the human condition
I'm with you. Story communicates truth more fully than intellectual assertions can. But the best stories sneak the truth in. Enact truth through compelling narrative.
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WHAT YOU GET
- 41 video lectures, delivered in small, manageable doses, but packed with helpful information
Approximately 25 handouts
- Purposeful assignments that will spur you to apply the lessons
- A responsive instructor who will answer your questions
- In-depth analysis of successful and unsuccessful storytelling
- Tips in story craft gleaned from experts
Lots of original game-changing conceptualizations for storytellers--concepts you'll find no place else
An opportunity to get feedback on your assignments
A serious approach to craft
Who's your instructor?
TD Storm is an award-winning writer and teacher whose stories have appeared in a number of journals. His passion for storytelling and its inner workings inform his teaching, editing, and mentoring. He has worked with countless writers on personal essays, novels, short stories, and more. And he's been teaching since 1999.
Want to know more about TD Storm? Check out the About page for the school.
Want to know more about his approach toward writing and teaching writing? Look at this post on the "Core Tenets of Storm Writing School."
Invest in your storytelling
Is this just a hobby of yours? Or are you passionate about telling the best story you can tell? Invest the time and energy in getting better.
One-time fee, USD
- Proceed on your own through the six sections of this course.
- You get a book's worth of handouts, readings, and workbooks.
- You're welcome to ask any follow-up questions you have about the material.
One-time fee, USD
- The same lifetime access to the course and the handouts.
- The same opportunity to ask follow-up questions.
- *You can submit all homework to Tim for feedback.
I get it. It's a big decision and there are a lot of writing courses out there. Why this one? I truly want this class to be a good fit for you.
Send a note via email ([email protected]) and we can even set up a brief meeting over video chat to talk live about your goals for improvement.
It's a risk-free trial. Enroll, poke around, and if it's not right for you, you can get your money back.
The first three units cater toward beginner and intermediate writers to establish the foundations of gripping storytelling. The final three units delve into more advanced craft techniques for maintaining momentum.
What Makes a Story? - 7:38
The Five Story Elements - 1:52
The Elements Explained: Character - 1:55
The Elements Explained: Objective - 2:40
The Elements Explained: Conflict - 1:24
The Elements Explained: Action - 4:04
The Elements Explained: Stakes - 2:22
Ramping Up the Elements - 2:22
Wrap-up and Homework - 3:15
What Is Desire and Why Is It Important? - 4:43
Scene-level Desire - 1:48
Scene Objective in "Anything Helps" - 2:52
Objective, Obstacle, Outcome - 6:09
Objective, Obstacle, Outcome in "Anything Helps" - 3:03
Paradigm Shift: the Limits of O,O,O - 7:39
Desire Layering - 3:33
Challenge: Write a Desire-driven Scene - 2:28