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EGL 56 W — Creating Dynamic Stories Using the Enneagram-Story Connection

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 11—Mar 19
Drop Deadline: Jan 14
Units: 3
Tuition: $910
Instructor(s): Jeff Lyons
Limit: 20
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Flex Online(About Formats)
Date(s)
Jan 11—Mar 19
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 14
3 Units
Fees
$910
Instructor(s):
Jeff Lyons
Limit
20
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Have you ever found yourself deep into writing a novel or screenplay only to discover that your story and characters feel disjointed and at odds? This is a common problem writers face when character and story development are approached as separate activities. This course seeks to integrate writing great characters with telling great stories by bringing together the Enneagram personality system and story structure best practices. Story structure underlies every story and is one of the most powerful tools any writer can learn. The Enneagram is the most influential model available today to describe the nine common personality styles of human thought, feeling, and action. Together they create the Enneagram-Story Connection, a powerful methodology that delivers not only characters who ring true, but also stories that work. Through weekly lectures, assigned reading, and analysis of well-known books and films such as The Great Gatsby and The Twilight Saga series, students will learn to apply the Enneagram-Story Connection to their stories. Using a specific set of provided tools for character and story development, students will construct essential story elements of their novels or screenplays. From compelling moral flaws to the best structure of the opposition and the creation of a solid story middle, students will use these tools to create a roadmap for story development that can serve them through their entire writing process.

This is not a traditional workshop-style course. Students will not be working directly on stories or novel chapters but on development tools intended to help improve their novels and general storytelling.

Jeff Lyons, Story Consultant

Jeff Lyons is the author of Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success and Rapid Story Development: How to Use the Enneagram-Story Connection to Become a Master Storyteller. His writing has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Script, The Writer, and Writing Magazine (UK).
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