Okay, so you’re a writer.
Probably a good writer. And you’ve always known you could do more with your talent, but you’re also artistic enough to recognize that your work isn’t as good as it could be.
So what’s missing?
The problem is, you’ve been surrounded by good stories all your life, but no one has ever explained how they work.
Story is an emotional language—like music. It operates by principles that strike at our shared humanity.
Unfortunately, these principles are rarely explained.
A Proven Process
I love explaining the hidden principles of Story. In fact, I spend the first quarter of the One Year Novel course unpacking what I call “the five elements of story” and explaining how they intersect with an audience’s expectations and the writer’s creativity.
When you open a novel, turn on an audio book, or sit down in a movie theater, you’re looking for something. Yes, you want to be entertained. But you want more than that. You want a story that feels like a story. Something that moves you. Something that holds up a mirror to your life.
To put it another way, you’re looking for the five elements of story: Someone to Care About. Something to Want. Something to Dread. Something to Suffer. And Something to Learn.
These are the core principles of the One Year Novel writing course, and the primary way we create stories that matter.
It's All About Meaning
Stories that matter are what led me on a personal quest to unlock the principles used by the great storytellers.
After earning my Master's degree in Creative Writing, I spent twenty years studying Story from many different angles. I wrote for a newspaper, for the stage, for television, for radio, for comic books. I wrote an award-winning series of novels, and did ghost-writing for a best-selling author.
What I discovered continues to amaze me.
Story is not about rules. It’s not even about words.
It’s about meaning.
There are lots of great writing teachers out there. And lots of great books about writing. I have shelves of them!
But I guarantee you won’t find another course or workshop that provides so much in-depth instruction, or that reveals the foundational principles of Story in such a clear and illuminating way.
In fact, if I could go back in time and trade everything I learned in my college writing classes for the content presented in OYN, I wouldn’t hesitate.
At $297, the course costs less than a single class at your local community college, yet provides exponentially greater return. Moreover, this course has been used for years at the university level as a 200-level writing program.
Many of my students have told me that The One Year Novel has transformed their writing and reshaped their experience as storytellers.
Are you ready to master the art of Story?
- The five elements of Story
- The three plots, and how they are woven through resolution
- Ideals as the building blocks of Theme
- Types of characters: Hero, Villain, Love, Ally, Mentor
- Three levels of Conflict
- Disasters and Dilemmas
- How to use three-Act structure
- Building scenes around a change of values
- Modes of writing: Summary, Detail and Dialogue
- Narrative Order (when to tell what)
- Creating the illusion of reality
It's too late to develop my writing ability.
|It’s said that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, and the second-best time is today. This is true for learning to write; TODAY is a great day to start.
All writing classes are basically the same.
|To be sure, there are many excellent teachers in the world, and some of them teach writing. As with anything else, finding the good ones can be difficult.
I can figure out this stuff by myself.
|This isn’t always a myth, but it is misleading. The question is, how much time, money, and emotion will you burn through as you try to reinvent the wheel?
If you aren't delighted with this program, simply let me know within 30 days, and I'll cheerfully refund your payment. Guaranteed!
When does the course start?
You may enroll at any time and complete the course at your own pace.
How long will I have access?
Your access will never expire. Although the course is designed to be completed in about 6 months, many students return to the lessons again and again.
How long does each lesson take?
You work at your own pace. The video lessons average around 15 minutes. Add in the text lessons, readings, workbook, brainstorming, and rough draft writing, and you can expect to complete any given lesson in 60–90 minutes.
Will I really finish a novel through this program?
Provided you follow the coursework, yes. In fact, thousands of people have used this method to write novels and learn the language of Story.
What if I’m unhappy with the course?
Let me know within 30 days, and I will cheerfully refund your money.
Who should take this program?
Fiction writers and anyone interested in learning how stories work.
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I Wandered Aimlessly in the Wilderness of Creative Writing
One of the highpoints of my personal growth!
I studied creative writing for eight years in college. I earned my Master's degree, and went on to write award-winning novels, comic books, teleplays, stage plays, radio scripts, and newspaper columns.
But much of what I learned in college was either irrelevant or unhelpful. My formal writing education ignored the importance of Story principles. Instead, we learned how to say nothing in a beautiful way. I realized if I wanted to know how good stories work, I would have to discover the answers myself.
The ensuing 20-year quest has been a fascinating journey. What I've learned has profoundly impacted my writing. That's why I created this program. It's the course I wish someone would have given me.
You don't have to wait years like I did. You can start right now.