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 New York publishing houses. He has been an independent publisher and a literary agent. His projects have grossed more than $150 million in North America alone.
In early 2015, Shawn 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. Since then, he has been refining the Story Grid tools and developing an even more comprehensive approach to the science and art of storytelling.
Here is a partial list of authors whose works Shawn 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.
Each day Shawn will talk about one dimension of the Trinity and how it integrates with and supports the other two.
Every great story has a physical, on-the-surface component that involves the characters’ behaviors, the actions they take to pursue their goals.
Every great story also has an intellectual, above-the-surface component that involves the characters’ motivations to take action and their capacity to solve problems, mature, or otherwise change the way they think about the world around them.
And every great story has a spiritual, beyond-the-surface component that transcends the individual and reaches into the eternal realm of our collective unconscious. This is the realm of our deepest, mythic Truths that ripple and repeat through Time.
On each day of the seminar, we’ll look at the Trinity through the powerful lens of J. R. R. Tolkien’s timeless fantasy, The Hobbit.
By analyzing one masterwork in depth, we’ll see all the multi-faceted structures of Story at work. And we’ll take a few lessons from Tolkien on how to entertain, inspire, and even transform our readers.
At the end of each day, we’ll have time for a Q & A session so you can quiz Shawn himself, share revelations, and learn from each other.
We are professionally filming the 3-day event and you will have access to the recording.
Access an exclusive forum where you can interact with other participants and ask questions throughout the event.
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
By the end of the Story Grid Trinity Seminar, you’ll have the confidence to create a 3D model of your story. You’ll no longer be taking blind stabs at fitting the pieces together.live for the seminar.
Join us in Nashville, TN at the amazing Wellspire event center. Lunch every day will be provided.
Once you sign up, we will send you the details on the event along with the logistics and recommend lodging options.
30 21 in-person tickets available.
All adults in the United States are currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines.
Because of this, we are not requiring social distancing or masks during the event. However, we are limiting the size of the event and are taking the following precautions. 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.