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Rapid Story Development: 7 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller

Speaker: Jeff Lyons || Check-in: 12:30 pm ||

Storytelling and writing are not the same thing. They are two different skills, two different jobs, and require two different skill sets. Most writers know how to write, but they don’t know story, story structure, or story development. Rapid Story Development is a methodology that teaches all writers how to become good storytellers, not just good writers—and in the process how to save time, money, and weeks or months of wasted writing time. 


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JEFF LYONS has more than 25 years' experience as a freelance script doctor, story development consultant and screenwriter in the entertainment and publishing industries. Along with his past film and TV consulting for major production companies and independent producers, he has also worked as a developmental editor and story consultant for key print-on-demand publishers, including: Amazon’s Createspace, Author Solutions, iUniverse, Balboa Press and other major subsidy imprints.

Jeff Lyons

Jeff is currently a freelance story editor and screenwriter for Kensington Entertainment, where he directs slate development for indie feature films and scripted and reality TV projects. He is also an instructor through Stanford University's Online Writer’s Studio and guest lectures through UCLA Extension’s Writers Program, where he teaches story structure and story development to novelists and screenwriters. He is also a regular contributor to Writer’s Digest Magazine and Script Magazine, where he writes his popular column “Story Talk.” Jeff is also a contributor to one of the oldest writing trade magazines in the U.S., The Writer Magazine. In addition, he teaches craft-of-writing workshops through several well-known literary venues in the US, including: Book Passage (Corte Madera, CA), The Writers Junction (Santa Monica, CA), and The Writers Store (Burbank, CA), and conducts regular webinars through Writers Digest University. He has also participated as an instructor in the annual Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Workshop. Along with his lecturing and teaching, Jeff is a regular presenter at leading industry conferences, including: The Great American Pitchfest, The London Screenwriters’ Festival, The International Enneagram Association World Conference, among others. Jeff's original screenplay, Billy Miske, was optioned to a UK production company (M4West Productions) in 2013, and he was hired as a story consultant on the US-produced, horror, sci-fi feature film Flytrap, from My Man Productions, which will be released in 2014.

Jeff has more than 20 years' experience teaching and consulting with the Enneagram system, both training writers and teaching the Enneagram in business settings to management and executive teams. Tapping his extensive experience in both fields (the Enneagram and story development), he has created an innovative and powerful methodology for supercharging the story development process; a process that can help novelists, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters speedup their development process without sacrificing quality and creative vision. The Rapid Story Development™ Methodology is a groundbreaking system that guides writers from the premise level all the way through the full structuring of their stories. Jeff established Enneagram–4–Writers™ to facilitate the development of Enneagram-related tools for writers and as a resource for others to learn about how the Enneagram can be used not simply for the typing and character development, but also to facilitate storytelling on every level and the entire story development process.

His e-bookThe 7-Step Process for Busting Writer's Block is currently available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel, Smashwords, Kobo and other premier e-book distribution sites. In 2014, Jeff will also be publishing two books: Anatomy of a Premise Line: 7 Steps to Foolproof Premise and Story Development and Rapid Story Development: 7 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller.

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  • Andrea

    Hi, I paid for memberships in SWN for myself and my Caltech student this morning but wasn't able to register for the actual event for some reason. Would very much like 2 seats for this Saturday as we are working on a project together and eager to improve our skills and knowledge.

    February 20, 2014

  • Mara

    My Pay Pal isnt working and i need to pay my $ else can I pay? Please advise so i can get a seat! Thanks!

    February 19, 2014

  • Princess A. B.

    My creative partner ands I have several stories in the development stage. It would be great to gather some tools for this process.

    1 · February 10, 2014

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