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Approximately 10 hours of awesome lectures covering a vast swathe of story territory. Most of the lectures in the series were 25-30 minutes.
There's such a wealth of information, you'll want to listen to this several times.
Audio CD: $149

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Screenwriters/movie people: Linda Seger, Richard Krevolin, James Bonnet, Pamela J. Smith,  Dan Decker, Melanie Ann Phillips, Chris Huntley, David Sonnenschein, Rob Tobin.

Novelists/storytellers, other writers: Doug Lipman, Thom Hartmann, Robert Burdette Sweet, Daniel Taylor,

Mythologists, Folklorists, Neuroscientists, Psychologists: Steve and Robin Larsen, Rachel Ballon, Tom Budzynski, Karen Dietz, Ray Bergen, Cathy Lynn Pagano

Business People:  Steve Denning, David Vanadia, Ashraf Ramzy, Karen Dietz, Richard Stone

We'll have a lot more tapes of lectures, workshops and panels listed soon. Check back.

What they say about the Intro to Story Course
"This set of presentations is a wonderfully comprehensive overview of the role of storytelling in the world today. It would be impossible to find this material anywhere else."
Steve Denning, former world Bank, Exec, expert in use of story in business and knowledge management
“These tapes are a wonderful introduction to the diversity and expertise of the speakers. They contain knowledge about story that is not available anywhere else and is relevant no matter what kind of story, true or fiction, you want to create for whatever medium.”
    James Bonnet, Author, Stealing from the Gods, A Dynamic New Story Model for Writers and    Filmmakers, Screenwriter, and Teacher, James Bonnet’s Storymaking: The Master Class 
"Perhaps the best, most concise introduction to the wide variety of story uses you'll find--ever."
Chris Huntley, co-creator and co-author of "Dramatica software.

"Excellent. I loved the twenty minute talks..... What a great idea. We got to hear the condensed version of everyone’s material-- a cross section of the best thinkers of our time on the topic of story. A multi-disciplinary dissection of how stories work in our minds, our relationships and our lives."
Dan Decker, Screenwriter, Playwright, author, Anatomy of A Screenplay, director of The Screenwriters Group, one of the largest independent schools for screenwriting in the country. Owner/ operator , Stylus Management, a writers management company

"Want to know what the brightest and most innovative minds on the four corners of Planet Story have to say? This is high-level information presented in an easy-to-understand format. Treat yourself to a wealth of knowledge -- it will make a difference in your work and your life. There’s material here you simply can’t find anywhere else. The percentage of leading lights among the speakers is astonishingly high. These tapes are a real treasure."
David Garfinkel is a leading direct-response copywriter, copywriting coach, and author of "The Money-Making Copywriting Course."
"As a screenwriter I enjoyed the wide array of philosophical and intellectual viewpoints I was exposed to. I came to this conference for a change from screenwriting "structure" and "format" and that’s what I’m getting. I’m already thinking about aspects and influences on my storytelling for the screen that I’ve never thought of before."
Lori Jaid, Screenwriter
"Fantastic Opportunity to be introduced to people and their presentations and passions. The passion amongst the group was alive. Fantastic diversity of ideas, interests, mediums.."
Ben Callaghan, teacher from Australia using story as a tool to empower teens.
"See, hear, feel and taste story. Amazing!!"
David Vanadia, web consultant, storyteller
"So many excellent presenters at one conference-- remarkable! Very exciting, stimulating"
Thomas Budzynski, Ph.D. psychologist
"Courageous!! Very organized, holistic, broad based, and yet integrated and full focused."
L. Feingold, corporate and government story consultant
bulletA beginning of a history, science and pedagogy  of Story Science and Art. Rob Kall
bulletThe Essence of Story: James Bonnet
bulletLinear story structure; Linda Seger
bulletHow Narratology Can Help You Write Better Stories" James Phelan
bulletStory as Energy David Vanadia
bulletFrom Heros To Villains: The Psychology of Characters and Conflicts; Rachel Ballon: What makes a good story? My heart touching your heart"
bulletCharacter Structure Dan Decker
bulletThe Six Properties of Oral Storytelling: How "Story Communication" Differs from Conceptual Communication Doug Lipman
bulletLiving and Leaving a Spiritual Legacy: The Centrality of Story in a Meaningful Life." Daniel Taylor
bullet Strategy and Story Ashraf Ramzy
bulletNeuroscience of Story Tom Budzynski
bullet Joseph Campbell, Storyteller Stephen and Robin Larsen
bulletCREATURES OF THE METAPHOR: the Writer as Shaman Robert Burdette Sweet
bulletThe Seven Realities of True Myths: How story explains and enhances the world around us and within us. Pamela Jaye Smith
bulletHow Stories Provide Us A Map Of Human Psychology And The Problem-Solving Process Chris Huntley
bulletStories that can change the world. Thom Hartmann
bulletThe Power of Stories to Transform Organizations Richard Stone
bulletUsing Story As A Business Tool Steve Denning
bulletBardic Voices Mythic Bards Cathy Lynn Pagano
bulletWhen Hero and Goddess Love Ray Bergen
bulletAnatomy of Positive Experience, a temporal, not necessarily linear approach to story too? Rob Kall
bulletThe Big Seven Questions of Story: the seven most important questions any storyteller must ask themselves Richard Krevolin
bulletThe Story Mind: Using Psychology to Structure Your Story Melanie Anne Phillips
bulletPsychoacoustics and Story David Sonnenschein
bulletStorytelling elements and their relationship to each other Robin Tobin
bulletPersonal Stories/ Sacred Stories -- Is There A Difference? Karen Dietz "Sometimes we need stories more than food to stay alive"


Get a more detailed picture of the descriptions of the presentations on our ABSTRACTS page.


2002 StoryCon Speakers (Alphabetically)


Daniel Alegi; talk: Scene Dynamix bio
Rachel Ballon; referred to as "Doc Hollywood" by the L.A. Times, is a licensed psychotherapist and international script consultant, who has integrated both aspects of her career to help people right their life through writing.  She is the Founder/Director of Rachel Ballon’s Writers’ Center in Los Angeles, where she specializes in writers’ personal and career issues such as overcoming procrastination, fear of rejection, while increasing productivity and personal motivation.   A former adjunct professor at USC Film School, she teaches at UCLA Extension, American Film Institute, UC Irvine.  The author of Blueprint For Writing and The Writer's Sourcebook, her latest book is Change Your Story, Change Your Life:  The Healing Power of Writing, which will be completed in 2003.
Steven Barnes has published over 15 novels, including several with NY Times bestseller Larry Niven. His oveuvre includes produced scripts for Twilight Zone, Stargate, and Andromeda, and includes the Emmy0winning "A Stitch in Time" episode of the Outer Limits. He's also created and teaches the Lifewriting System, a method of connecting the inner and outer worlds of the writer.  workshop: Connecting the Inner and the Outer Life of the Writer  Plenary Talk: Chakras and the levels of personality; Connecting the Inner writer and the Outer Work
Marcie Begleiter author of "From Word to Image, Storyboarding and Filmmaking Process" is a writer and educator who specializes in pre-visualization and has worked extensively in the film, television and interactive industries. She is owner of Filmboards whose client list includes Paramount, Tristar, New Line, and ABC. She is currently on the faculties of Art Center College, the American Film Institute and the new International Film School in Cologne, Germany.
Ray Bergen  Marriage Counselor: Specializes in exploring the archetype of "The Lovers."  Author of an Audio series entitled, "When Hero and Goddess Love" which applies the Hero journey and Goddess journey to relationship work.
"On the ARCHETYPAL level: every woman struggles with feeling disappointed by her man. Every man carries the burden of knowing that he falls short. This tension underlies every relationship, fueling the TYRANT/DRAGON STANDOFF that cyclically erupts."


James Bonnet author   Stealing Fire from the Gods : A Dynamic New Story Model for Writers and Filmmakers Post Conference Workshop: James Bonnet’s Storymaking The Master Class The Quintessential Screenwriting and Storymaking Seminar
Pre-conference: The Essence of Story: That Without Which There Would Be No Story ,
Plenary title: The New Story-Self Connection: Intriguing New Patterns Discovered in Great Stories Reveal The Secrets of the Human Mind" Workshop: The Secret Language of Great Stories Workshop title: Exploring the Darkside: The Anti-Hero’s Journey
Tom Budzynski, Ph.D. psychologist, University of Washington-- will speak on hypnotic, subliminal and preconscious processes, techniques and concepts that create the hypnotic state and emotional responses in the reader/viewer. Tom is a world renowned psychologist whose work has been cited in thousands of other research papers, and is past president of the Association for Applied psychophysiology & Biofeedback.
Ben Callaghan topic: stories empowering youth. Ben will be coming from Australia to present at StoryCon.
Dan Decker author, Anatomy of A Screenplay, director of The Screenwriters Group, one of the largest independent schools for screenwriting in the country.Owner/ operator , Stylus Management,.a writers management company
Steve Denning author, The Springboard: How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge-Era OrganizationsSteve was selected in 2000 as one of the world’s ten Most Admired Knowledge Leaders (Teleos) along with Jack Welch (GE) and John Chambers (CISCO). Former Program Director forKnowledge Management at the World Bank, he now works with organizations on knowledge management and organizational storytelling.  Steve is currently offering free advance chapters of his new book  on the Seven Highest Value Forms of Organizational Storytelling
Karen Dietz Folklorist and management consultant using story with firms and executives to embark on new, invigorating and powerful quests to consciously shape the future.
David Garfinkel is a leading direct-response copywriter, copywriting coach, and author of "The Money-Making Copywriting Course." He's also a gifted storyteller, and relies heavily on good stories to get sales from his ads and websites. Plenary: The Role of Story In Writing Sales Copy
Workshop: How to Create Powerful Stories to Make Your Sales Copy Irresistible
Thom Hartmann author of 12+ books, Prophet's Way, Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight, Greatest Secret,  Unequal Protection.  Thom Hartmann is an award-winning best-selling author, international lecturer, teacher, and psychotherapist. His books have been written about in Time magazine, and he has appeared on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, and on numerous radio and TV shows including "All Things Considered," CNN, and BBC.  A former journalist, international relief worker, and the executive director of a residential treatment facility for abused children, he now lives in Vermont where he is a guest faculty member at Goddard College and fulltime writer. Pre-conf.: Stories that can change the world. Plenary Talk: Story as the Deepest Level of Non-Fiction, WS: Using the tools of NLP to construct, crisp clear, solid writing
Neill Hicks is a screenwriter specializing in Thriller and Action-Adventure films.  His work with both European and Asian filmmakers who need to structure their films for a global market has given him a unique insight into the cultural perceptions of story. Neill's initial book, Screenwriting 101 - The Essential Craft Of Feature Film Writing, has been a worldwide success, and his innovative analysis of the principles of film genre writing continues in Writing the Action‑Adventure Film and Writing the Thriller Film.  As the acknowledged industry expert on film genres, his insight into the meaning that underlies the structure of a screenplay has established an international call for his writing and consulting services. 
Chris Huntley  co-creator and co-author of "Dramatica: A New Theory of Story." Mr. Huntley has lectured, taught, and led workshops on story structure development for over ten years. Mr. Huntley co-founded Screenplay Systems in 1982 to develop software for writers and the entertainment industries. Their first product, Scriptor, won a 1994 Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Mr. Huntley continues to teach story theory and develop award-winning software for writers.
David Kaiser After graduating from Cornell University with an English degree, David A. Kaiser earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA. His dissertation combined his two disparate interests as he used EEG technology to investigate attentional processing of cinematic narrative. His research interests include EEG correlates of cognitive processing, and theory of mind. Talk: Attentional Synchrony:  a QEEG (quantitative electroencephalography) measure for interest in cinematic narratives (specifically, film previews).
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Rob Kall; StoryCon Meeting Organizer; president Futurehealth,  founder MuPsych Music, topics: Integrating & establishing a new science of Story, Heartwarming as a Verb; milking the human tear duct and pulling heart strings, Anatomy of Positive Experience, www.positivepsychology.net Psychphysiological Audience Response Tracking  www.futurehealth.org
Richard Krevolin author Screenwriting From the Soul; adjunct professor, screenwriting  USC, Plenary Talk: The spiritual arcs and transformations of the great characters of literature, theater and film; workshop: writing Stories from the Soul, pre-conference talk: THE BIG SEVEN QUESTIONS OF STORY: the seven most important questions any storyteller must ask themselves...
Stephen & Robin Larsen: authors of Fire in The Mind, the authorized Biography of Joseph Campbell, and, The Mythic Imagination     mythmind.com
Doug Lippman author of IMPROVING YOUR STORYTELLING; Beyond the Basics for All who Tell Stories in Work or Play
Sharon Maas author Of Marriagiable Age, Peacocks Dancing,

topic: The Heart of the Story


Cathy Lynn Pagano psychotherapist, screenwriter, mythic storyteller/consultant and teacher, trained at the C.G. Jung-Institut, Zurich, and working on a book about the archetypal role of the bard, storyteller and musician. Topic: The Archetype of the Bard
Melanie Phillips Co-author of Dramatica Pro
James Phelan Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Ohio State University, Since 1992, Phelan has been the editor of Narrative, the journal of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature.  He is co-editor, with Peter J. Rabinowitz, Understanding Narrative, and since 1993 of the Ohio State University Press series on the Theory and Interpretation of Narrative.  He has written about style in Worlds from Words, about character and narrative progression in Reading People, Reading Plots.
Ashraf Ramzy  Founder /CEO of NARRATIVITY Strategy & Story, the Narrative Approach to Business, applying the Power of Story to 6 key functions of succesful enterprise: Leadership, Identity, Strategy, Culture, Brands and Communications. Book in progress: NARRATIVITY & IDENTITY; The Purpose and Power of Story. Understanding the Stories we tell. Authoring the Stories we live.  Topic: The Hollywood Film as American Dream; Greek Mythic Tragedy vs. Bible Hero Success
Linda Seger author: Creating Unforgettable Characters, Making a Good Script Great, Making a Good Writer Great. Plenary Topic: Alternative / non-linear story structures; Intro to Story Course topic: Linear story structure, workshop:THEME AND IMAGES: GIVING YOUR STORY MEANING. 
Tim Shepard Storyteller
Pamela Jaye Smith (mythworks.net) writer, consultant, speaker and award-winning producer-director. Founder of MYTHWORKS, offering Applied Mythology via ancient wisdom, new science and the proven power-tools of successful story
David Snowden,  a Director of IBM's Cynefin Centere for Organisational Complexity with responsibility for Asia Pacific, Europe Middle East and Africa. He is one of the pioneers in developing the use of story and narrative in Knowledge Management He regularly consults at the board level on Knowledge Strategy with some of the world's largest companies as well as to Government and NGOs. His master classes in Organic Knowledge Management and Story Telling are highly rated and regularly sell out.     Plenary Talk: Narrative, complexity and meaning, pre-conference talk: White Coated Narrologists and Fluffy New Age Bunnies, or why we need to get serious about story., "Narrative patterns: the use of story in organisations" Post Conference 1.5 Day Workshop
David Sonnenschein, author, "Sound Design - The Expressive Power of Music,Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema", feature film and TV director, musician, vibrational healer (sound, Aikido/Kiatsu, Brazilian spiritism)
Richard Stone an organizational consultant teaching how to take story tools into relationships with clients. Author, The Healing Art of Storytelling
Robert Burdette Sweet author of Writing Towards Wisdom: The Writer as Shaman, Professor Emeritus of English from the California State University at San Jose. He has published numerous books, including The Memory of Fire, The Mambo, Dame America, Akbar the Great, and White Sambo. Of his many short stories, some have been listed in volumes of the Best American Short Stories. His fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in magazines such as The Chelsea Review, Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, Kansas Quarterly, The James White Review, Poets On, Poet Lore, Christian Century, The New York Quarterly, and The Humanist
Daniel Taylor  is a professor of English at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota,author of Tell Me a Story, formerly titled The Healing Power of Stories, interview
Rob Tobin is a screenwriter (2 scripts in preproduction), script doctor, writing coach and author of "How to Write High Structure, High Concept Movies."
       David Vanadia is a performing multimedia storyteller who also develops Original websites and media titles. Internet and media consulting and corporate consulting.   Website as story.
Craig Webb, avant-garde physicist and co-founder/Executive Director of the DREAMS Foundation (www.dreams.ca) since 1995, is a renown dreams and consciousness researcher, trainer, author and spokesman (CTV, Discovery Channel, AOL, and 50+ others). He has consulted for television, and is Contributing Editor for Magical Blend magazine and a founding member and correspondent for Making Contact (weekly radio show airing on 150+ stations). Topics: 1) Universal and cross-cultural dream themes as extremely powerful story and plot elements 2) Dreams as stories: A history, framework and method for harvesting the creative potential of dreams, dream symbolism, and dream characters as key story elements