Course Outline

Day 1

  • How to find the perfect story design
  • Three confusions that hurt writers
  • Uncovering the myth of 3-act story structure
  • Seven Steps to deep structure
  • Creating the single driving force
  • Variations to classic story structure
  • Key weaknesses of myth, fairy tale and drama
  • Developing a great premise
  • Building the hero from the ground up
  • How the “character web” works
  • True character change and how to write it
  • Five Major character changes

Day 2

  • The 22 building blocks of every great script
  • Pacing by character growth, not page number
  • Keys to the perfect opponent
  • Creating the visual world
  • Using the subplot
  • Setting the tag line
  • Building the reveals
  • Choosing the right story shape
  • Creating the strong middle
  • The trick to scene sequencing
  • How to write 3-track dialogue
  • Secrets of building the scene
  • Dialogue that increases the conflict

Day 3

  • Detailed Analysis of the Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime, Detective,
    Fantasy, Horror, Love, Masterpiece, Myth, SciFi, Thriller and Mixed
  • What each genre really means
  • Sequencing the moral elements of the story
  • The central theme of each form
  • Key structure techniques for each genre
  • Mixing genres: The best strategies for story success
  • Bending the genre rules for originality

The Anatomy of Story
Master Class with John Truby

May 18th–20th, 2018

Honolulu, Hawaii


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