Rhetoric of Story Learn the 7 foundations of storytelling

Essential writing skills for creative and professional writers.
Rhetoric of Story Learn the 7 foundations of storytelling
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Rhetoric of Story Learn the 7 foundations of storytelling

What you’ll learn

The 7 foundations of powerful storytelling.
A scientific insight into story drawing on psychology and neuroscience.
How to tell powerful stories as novels, screenplays and more.
The wisdom of storytellers dating back 5000 years.

Rhetoric of Story Learn the 7 foundations of storytelling


Students will gain the most value if they have a love and passion for great stories.
This is an advanced course for writers to take their craft to the next level.


THE FASTEST ENROLLING WRITING COURSE ON UDEMY. 1000+ STUDENTS IN 24 HOURS.A Udemy “Top Course” in Writing.Selected as “New & Noteworthy” in Creativity.***College level instruction, based on 10 years of teaching and research, now available on Udemy.***”Damien speaks with great clarity about a subject he really understands. His delivery is great. The ideas he delivers are fascinating.” Rod Duncan, author of The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter.We live in a Golden Age of story. From blockbuster cinema and bestselling novels like Harry Potter & Hunger Games, to HBO television shows like Game of Thrones and American Gods, great storytelling is loved by billions of people worldwide. Writers who can tell great stories make huge fortunes.Great storytelling can be learned.The writers and creators of Star Wars, Breaking Bad or Mass Effect aren’t just making things up. Today’s most loved stories draw on thousands of years of storytelling techniques, from Aristotle’s Catharsis, to the Monomyth of Joseph Campbell, and the Dramatica model used by many of today’s highest paid screenwriters.Based on over a decade of research, and bringing together ideas from today’s most successful storytellers and story theorists, The Rhetoric of Story is an essential course for all creative writers, screenwriters and novelists.The seven foundations of powerful storytelling.Stories are powerful. Just a few words on a page, or some flickering images on a screen, and for a handful of moments, minutes, or hours we can believe we are another person, living another life, in another world. How do stories have such a powerful, immersive effect?Just seven core techniques provide the foundation for every great story every told. Together these seven foundations form a “rhetoric of story”, that can be used to tell a powerful, immersive story in any medium, from a 5 page short story, to a 10 hour television series.A scientific insight into story.Stories are more than just entertainment. As psychology and neuroscience reveal the inner workings of the mind, we’re learning how great stories appeal to the deepest drives of the human psyche. The Rhetoric of Story draws on the psychological insights of Freud and Jung, and leading scientific research, to reveal the 7 foundations of powerful storytelling. Unleashing the power of story for all.The poet and novelist Maya Angelou said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” The Rhetoric of Story provides a simple, flexible toolkit to tell any story. Apply the seven foundations to your writing and produce powerful stories that audiences fall in love with.College grade teaching at internet prices.The Rhetoric of Story is based on courses taught at under-graduate and post-graduate college level, to students paying thousands of dollars in fees. it makes that knowledge accessible for all, at incredible value.The 7 foundations of great storytelling, in one easy to follow course.Ideas you will learn in The Rhetoric of Story:Why no story can be great without a profound INTERNAL change.A psychological insight into self, the engine of story.The key to creating truly human characters: the web of relationship.Conflict, why it must be present, and the 3 levels it must cross.The “fractal” pattern of events; stories within stories.Why it’s OK to steal story structure…in fact it should be compulsory.How to harness the secret super power of story: Emotion.Who is this course for?Anyone who wants to write a book, short story or screenplay and wants to learn the 7 foundations of telling a compelling story.Writers who have many stories under their belt, but struggle to find an audience for their work.Creative professionals – journalists, copywriters, bloggers, marketers and more who want to utilise powerful storytelling.Experts, influencers and business executives who want to harness the power of story in their careers.


Section 1: Introduction NEW – What is the rhetoric of story?

Lecture 1 Introduction to the rhetoric of story?

Lecture 2 What is a story?

Lecture 3 What is rhetoric?

Lecture 4 The rhetoric…of story!

Lecture 5 Lecture Notes

Section 2: Change – Where all story begins.

Lecture 6 This story is over 5000 years old.

Lecture 7 Story is how we understand change.

Lecture 8 Archetypal change is the core of story.

Lecture 9 Lecture notes

Section 3: Self – The engine of story.

Lecture 10 Know Thyself

Lecture 11 The formation of desire

Lecture 12 What is the self becoming?

Lecture 13 Lecture Notes

Section 4: Other – The web of relationship.

Lecture 14 Demeter and Persephone

Lecture 15 The web of relationships

Lecture 16 The sundered self

Lecture 17 Lecture Notes

Section 5: Conflict – Why can’t we all just get along?

Lecture 18 Achilles and Hector

Lecture 19 The levels of conflict

Lecture 20 Antagonism and fear

Lecture 21 Lecture Notes

Section 6: Events – Stories within stories.

Lecture 22 What are stories made of?

Lecture 23 What is an event?

Lecture 24 Stories within stories.

Lecture 25 Lecture Notes

Section 7: Structure – The key to complex storytelling.

Lecture 26 What is structure?

Lecture 27 Three Act structure.

Lecture 28 Acts, Sequences, Scenes and Beats.

Lecture 29 Alternate structures.

Lecture 30 Lecture Notes

Section 8: Emotion – The secret super power of story.

Lecture 31 Catharsis, Kairos and emotion.

Lecture 32 Tools for shaping emotion.

Lecture 33 Emotion and the seven.

Lecture 34 Lecture notes

Section 9: BONUS MATERIAL: Short videos and blog essays.

Lecture 35 Why is writing hard?

Lecture 36 Writing as practice.

Writers with ambition who want to work professionally in the writing industries.,Novelists, screenwriters, playwrights, game designers seeking bigger audiences.,Marketers and executives who want to harness powerful stories in their work.

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Udemy | English | 5h 33m | 9.19 GB
Created by: Damien Walter

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