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This is a show dedicated to helping you become a better writer using the Story Grid method, developed by Shawn Coyne. Each week we use a movie, a novel, or a short story to study different storytelling principles so that we can deepen our understanding of story and level up our craft.

Story Grid Editors Roundtable Valerie Francis, Anne Hawley, Kim Kessler, Leslie Watts

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This is a show dedicated to helping you become a better writer using the Story Grid method, developed by Shawn Coyne. Each week we use a movie, a novel, or a short story to study different storytelling principles so that we can deepen our understanding of story and level up our craft.

    Thriller - Blade Runner

    Thriller - Blade Runner

    Valerie leads the team into the dystopian future of 2019 to examine the forces of antagonism in Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction noir classic, Blade Runner. Loosely adapted from Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the screenplay was written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples.

    • 56 min
    Bite Size Episode - Anne Learns to Write

    Bite Size Episode - Anne Learns to Write

    It’s 20 minutes of deep insight this time as Anne brings you a bite-size episode on how, after writing for five decades, she has finally learned to write.

    • 12 min
    Bite Size Episode - Why You Need a Masterwork

    Bite Size Episode - Why You Need a Masterwork

    It’s 20 minutes of deep insight this time as Valerie Francis and Leslie Watts bring you a bite-size episode on Why You Need a Masterwork.

    • 32 min
    Bite Size Episode - P10 Analysis of Whiplash

    Bite Size Episode - P10 Analysis of Whiplash

    It’s 20 minutes of deep insight this time as Valerie Francis and Leslie Watts bring you a bite-size episode all about the progressive complications and escalating stakes of Whiplash.

    • 22 min
    Bite Size Episode - How to Analyze a Scene

    Bite Size Episode - How to Analyze a Scene

    It’s 20 minutes of deep insight this time as Valerie Francis and Leslie Watts bring you a bite-size episode on how to analyze a scene.

    • 23 min
    Morality Genre - "The Bear Came Over the Mountain"

    Morality Genre - "The Bear Came Over the Mountain"

    It’s another wintry story this week as Leslie continues her exploration of POV and narrative device in Alice Munro’s 1999 short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” and Away From Her, the 2006 Sarah Polley film adapted from it.

    • 57 min

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