Tell your story. Learn one of the most powerful methods of storytelling and catalyze your personal growth in this self-paced course from John Crye, Writer's Coach + Distributor of Whale Rider, Donnie Darko, and Memento.
In this self-paced course, we will be discussing the deeply human rhythms of storytelling and learning from the patterns of communication that have been studied and implemented by great philosophers, writers, and screenwriters.
What you will receive:
- Key patterns and archetypes of storytelling
- Discover what the Hero’s Journey is and why it is so powerful
- Guidance on how to tell your personal story + move through blocks
- Why the storytelling methods used by filmmakers like George Lucas are so impactful
- A framework to discover your personal mythology
What You Get
Develop. Create. Catalyze.
What You Get
Develop. Create. Catalyze.
Weekly Live Chat with John Crye : Thursdays, March 25th - April 29th 2021
Receive the tools to tell your story
Connect with like-minded creatives
Catalyze your personal development
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Course Price: $49
Includes access to the course and all materials
Add a 1:1 Sparc Session and deepen your process of personal growth for a discounted price
Storytelling is one of humanity’s most powerful tools. Stories are how humans guide their evolution.
When we tell our own story, we communicate who we are, to our audience and ourselves, and come to understand ourselves within our common culture. It helps us to understand our past and make better choices for our future. Within this course, you will have an opportunity to discover your personal mythology and build a strong foundation for telling your story.
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In this self-paced course, we will be discussing the deeply human rhythms of storytelling and learning from the patterns of communication that have been studied by great philosophers, writers, and screenwriters. After this course you will have a clear foundation for powerful storytelling including the basis for developing a blueprint for your story, book, or screenplay.
What it Resolves
Exploring the commonalities that exist in human storytelling, from the most ancient of myths to the most modern popular culture, reveals the patterns by which humanity at large has learned and evolved. In this module we will discuss these universal patterns, what Joseph Campbell called “the monomyth,” and how they are reflected in fiction and in our own lives.
As we look at the first of the monomyth’s three acts, in which the hero sets forth on their journey, we will reflect on our own “status quo” and the incidents that incite change in our lives. How do we resist the “calls to adventure” that might change us? What is the threshold that we must cross to meet our challenges? What will we take with us? What must we leave behind?
We will follow the heroes and heroines of myth into the belly of the beast, exploring the first half of the monomyth’s second act. In deconstructing the downward spiral of cause and effect that leaves our protagonist at their lowest point, we will reflect upon those challenges and traumas that block our own progress.
We find our protagonist at their lowest point, stripped bare and scoured out, but ready to start the long climb. They are not climbing back up to their old life, however, but to a new one. And the challenges on this new road cannot be met with old tactics. As we analyze the second half of the monomyth’s second act, we must ask how we failed ourselves in the past, and forge new weapons and ways for the future.
In the final act of the monomyth, the protagonist returns to the world, but with a new sense of vision and purpose. This act is about how the hard-earned epiphanies of Act Two are integrated into a new life in Act Three. In this module we will be discussing those moments of vision and clarity that have changed your own life story.
Modern storytelling structure follows rhythms first set down by Plato and Aristotle and repackaged ever since by screenwriting teachers like Robert McKee and Blake Snyder. In this module, we’ll apply the more granular “beat by beat” modern storytelling approach to the personal myths we’ve discovered thus far. In doing so, we will explore more specific patterns of choice that have informed your personal story.
Every journey is complete through a process if integration. Sharing your personal story, now thoroughly explored, is a means of integrating yourself into the world with a sense of honest accountability and a new vision of the future.
John Crye is a thoughtful, motivated creative being who brings talent and depth to all of his endeavors.
Angela Lepito, executive, Dreamworks Animation
John is a man of great integrity, loyalty and talent. As a writer, he knows script structure inside and out, he's an excellent story editor and his own work pulses with life and originality.
James Ferguson, playwright
John has helped me tremendously over the years with various writing projects. I know that no matter what stage I'm in. Simply put, he's the best at what he does.
Nate Atkins, screenwriter
Meet the Instructor
For over a decade, John Crye was the creative director of Newmarket Films, leading the development, acquisition, production, or distribution of such independent classics as "Memento, "Donnie Darko", "Whale Rider," "Monster," "Downfall", and "The Prestige." He has since gone on to mentor individuals in telling their story in a way that is inspiring and impactful.