June 23, 2012 – The Enneagram-Story Bridge™ “Story Development from the Inside Out”

Every story also has a structure; every story must have a structure. This presentaiton describes a new and powerful story development methodology that can guide participants through the intricate process of developing any story idea into its right, true, and natural structure.

The key to success lies in understanding the dynamic and intimate relationship between story structure principles and the Enneagram system.

The Enneagram is the most powerful system available today that describes the nine-core personality drives underlying all human behavior. Each of the nine drives is rooted in thoughts, feelings, and actions that largely determine how we interact with the world, for good or ill.

Everyone has an Enneagram—including fictional characters and stories themselves! Story structure and the Enneagram are two, must-have tools every writer needs in their writing toolbox.

This introductory lecture reveals how any story’s structure is related to, and determined by, theEnneagrams of the characters that populate any story.

Jeff Lyons has more than 25 years experience in the entertainment and publishing industries. Along with his past film and TV consulting for major studios, production companies, and produced screenwriters, he also works 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 has also been a regular book reviewer for Kirkus Reviews and Kirkus Discoveries. He is the founder of Storygeeks (www.storygeeks.com), a professional service scompany offering story development, professional training, and editorial consulting services to screenwriters, novelists, nonfiction authors, independent production companies, and independent literary agencies.

He is also a regular guest lecturer at the UCLA Extension Writers Program, where he teaches story structure and story development. In addition to guest lecturing, Jeff teaches craft-of-writing workshops through several, renowned West Coast literary venues, including: Book Passage (San Francisco, CA), The Writers Store (Burbank, CA) and The Writers Junction (Santa Monica, CA.).

In 2012, Storygeeks workshops and training will be expanding across the U.S. and internationally. Also in 2012, Jeff will be publishing an e-bookentitled Anatomy of a Premise Line: 7 Steps to Foolproof Premise and Story Development.

And in 2013, he will be publishing two print books: Story Development from the Inside Out: How to Use the Enneagram System to Unlock the Structure of any Story and How Not to Write Your Self-Published Book: The Missing Manual for Writers & Storytellers.

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