Shawn Coyne is the creator and founder of Story Grid. He has worked in the publishing industry for 30 years, including 25 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 either 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.
Everything You Need to Know about Science to tell a Story that Works.
Everything You Need to Know about Human Behavior to tell a Story that Works.
A Crash Course in Carl Jung’s Individuation Process and Joseph Campbell’s Theory of the Hero’s Journey
Rescuing the valuable aspects of the Monomyth and revising its archaic language so that it’s relevant to our changing contemporary world.
How three story forms--Action, Worldview, and The Heroic Journey 2.0—can be integrated into a whole, creating the emotional catharsis readers are looking for.
A breakdown of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz across multiple levels of analysis to show exactly how the Action, Worldview, and The Heroic Journey 2.0 blend into an inexhaustible, transformational work of art that transcends time.
J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit becomes a perfect case study for testing The Heroic Journey 2.0 framework. Why do we love epic fantasy stories so much? (Hint: They’re all about coping with the fact that we’re all going to die.)
Learn the differences among Realism, Factualism, Absurdism, and Fantasy. And yes, we’ll cover Magical Realism, too.
Shawn will introduce a brand new infographic, visually clarifying and amplifying The Heroic Journey 2.0.
A scene-by-scene breakdown and analysis of The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit, and Hamilton.
We are professionally filming the 3-day event and you will have access to the recording.
You will receive the Story Grid Spreadsheets, Foolscaps, and Infographics along with Shawn's slides and other training material.
Access an exclusive forum where you can interact with other participants and ask questions throughout the event.
If you are at the start of your writing journey, understanding the foundational monomyth and how it applies to your story will save you years of floundering.
Taking the time to dive into a deeper understanding of the heroic journey will upgrade your storytelling for the rest of your writing career.
Learning to look at your client's books through the lens of the monomyth will give you the ability to provide more insightful and useful feedback to your authors.
All times in the Central (CDT) timezone.
9:00am - 10:30am
10:30am - 10:45am
10:45am - 12:00pm
Session 2 and Q&A
12:00pm - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 4:30pm
Session 4 and Q&A
With the current pandemic, we wanted to offer two ways of joining us live for the seminar.
We are taking full precautions for those that choose to attend in-person. This includes:
While we cannot recreate the full experience of attending in-person, we are working to provide the best virtual experience possible. This includes:
Yes! We are having the event professionally filmed and recorded. You will get access to the full recording in November.
Because of the cost and timing of the event, we are not offering refunds. However, we allow for ticket transfer up until one week before the event.