STORY GRID FIVE COMMANDMENTS COURSE
You know you need help to capture your readers’ hearts and minds, but you don’t know where to turn. The Story Grid Five Commandments of Storytelling course is designed to teach writers how to build a story that works from lift-off to landing. A story that matters to readers.
Whether you’re writing a mystery, romance, epic fantasy, or coming-of-age memoir, your instructor, Story Grid Certified Editor Danielle Kiowski, will bring you up to speed quickly. You’ll learn the proven Story Grid approach to storytelling and deepen your understanding of the five foundational principles all great stories have in common.
Like all writers, you want to keep growing and sharpening your skills. With the tools and strategies in the Five Commandments course, you’ll write better stories, edit yourself and others with laser focus, and make a greater impact on your readers.
I share practical, field-tested advice that will help you build strong foundations for individual scenes and your global story.
I show you how to target the right parts of your story for improvement to make the whole stronger so you can stop wasting time spinning your wheels.
I demonstrate the Five Commandments of Storytelling in action with detailed examples.You’ll get global story breakdowns of three beloved masterworks, and we’ll dig deep into six scene-level analyses of the way stories work on a micro level.
One-by-one, learn about each of the Five Commandments: How do you identify them? Why do they matter so much? Most importantly: How do you include them in your own stories?
Get practical advice, based on my experience analyzing masterworks and working with dozens of clients, to help you put your new knowledge to work and avoid the most common storytelling problems.
You’ve learned how the Five Commandments create a cohesive story arc. Now learn how each level of your story—beat, scene, sequence, and quadrant—contributes to the global story you want to tell.
Learn from the best. We’ll examine the global Five Commandments of Storytelling in three masterworks—Pride and Prejudice, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and The Hound of the Baskervilles—to see how writers at the top of the craft implement these principles.
Dive into six practical, magic-on-the-page sample scenes by classic and contemporary authors, including Roald Dahl, Umberto Eco, Ernest Hemingway, Elizabeth Kostova, Erin Morgenstern, and Leo Tolstoy. We’ll talk about how each author built the Five Commandments into a brilliant scene and why that made the scene work as a unit of the larger global story.
If you are just starting out, learning the Five Commandments will help you write better scenes and understand the art and science of storytelling like never before.
The Five Commandments are grounded in fundamental principles of cognitive science, which is why they are found in all stories that resonate across time and place. As your understanding deepens throughout the course, you’ll take your craft to the next level.
Understanding the core principles of all stories allows you to give your clients more targeted, personal feedback to help their writing shine.
The Story Grid Five Commandments of Storytelling course is grounded in research accumulated over decades into the patterns of stories that resonate over generations.
Shawn Coyne, an editor with more than 30 years of experience as an editor, agent, and writer himself, identified these principles and used them with his clients to produce bestselling novels across multiple genres. Story Grid Certified Editors trained by Shawn use his proven methodology to help writers build novels, screenplays, narrative nonfiction, and even song lyrics that work.
If you decide to join me in the Story Grid Five Commandments of Storytelling course, you’ll get:
And you’ll also get something more:
You’ll see the mechanics of how your protagonist makes decisions that impact the global story. And you’ll understand how all the story events link together to create a story that works.
You’ll learn how to apply the Five Commandments to every scene you write. With tips and best practices for each Commandment, you’ll create stronger scenes from the start.
Whether you’re editing your own or someone else’s story, you’ll be able to apply the Five Commandments to pinpoint the specific parts that need help.
You’ll be a better storyteller. Period.
Yes! After you understand the Five Commandments of Storytelling, you’ll see them everywhere. They form the foundation of narrative no matter the medium, from novels to films, short stories, poems, songs—and even jokes. If you want to communicate to an audience, the Five Commandments will help you do it.
Yes. The Five Commandments of Storytelling are grounded in the way that humans process information. Embedding these fundamentals into your nonfiction books or essays will make your work more compelling to your audience and supercharge your impact.
Absolutely! This course is built for writers at any stage in the creative process. If you haven’t finished your manuscript, you can incorporate the Five Commandments in scenes as you create them. If you’ve already finished your draft, you can deploy the Five Commandments as you revise and level up your work.
A beginner is someone new to writing stories or a seasoned writer who is new to the Story Grid methodology. This course is for writers in both situations—and for Story Grid veterans, too. No matter your experience, you can gain a deeper, more nuanced understanding of the Five Commandments of Storytelling in this course.
Definitely. The Five Commandments of Storytelling are principles you can understand without the context of other Story Grid tools and methods. I made sure to cover the basics in a down-to-earth way that will inspire and connect with someone brand new to Story Grid.
The 23 videos are pre-recorded so you can view at your own pace, pause, take a break, rewind, or whatever you need to do to learn at your best.
Yes, you have lifetime access to all the material.
You will be able to access the course on any web browser on your desktop or mobile device.
No, but you can engage an individual Story Grid Certified Editor separately, if you need more help. You can schedule a consultation with an editor to ask about working together as you implement the Five Commandments of Storytelling in your own writing and revision. You can also find a community of story nerds just like you in the Story Grid Guild. It’s a great place to form a study group to go through the course material.
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