Audio Course
The Art, Science and Power of Story

 
10 Hours, 25 Talks on how to think about and tap the art, science, application and power of story

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The Storycon Summit meeting on the art, science and application of story was the first time ever that people from all the different worlds of story came together to share ideas on how to understand and tap the power of story. Before the conference began, over 20 Story experts who were presenters spent 15-30 minutes each presenting a brief summary of their ideas on the aspect of story on which they work as published experts—to each other, to set up the conversation that ensued.

The wisdom and experience shared here, from this historic summit meeting, is deep and powerful. The world’s leading experts chose to share core nuggets with advanced story peers. This is a program that people at all levels of story experience and skill can enjoy and benefit from.

Who Will Benefit From This Program?
The human brain evolved to tell and process stories. If you want to deliver a message to the head and the heart, the way to do it is to wrap it in a story, whether you are teaching, selling, leading, preaching, politicking, talking to patients or juries, writing a memoir, a blog, the next best selling novel or screenplay, doing journalism, youtubing, podcasting or storytelling. Psychotherapy is all about helping people to learn how to re-write the stories they tell themselves. Story is one of the biggest businesses in the world.  But you don’t have to be in any kind of business to benefit from a deeper understanding of how stories work and their power. It’s hard to take a step, make a decision, hold a conversation or engage in education or persuasion without stepping into the realm of story. This course offers you the story basics leading experts in the world of story shared with each other as they began the first conversation in the history of the world exploring how different approaches to story intersect and could synergize.

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A group of wise ones were in a room, touching something. Each touched a different part and guessed what it was—a tree trunk, a rug, a pipe, a rope, a spear…

 

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They were touching parts of an elephant. This course opens your eyes to the whole picture on story.

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The Opening Foundation For A Historic Event
There are thousands of workshops and seminars on screenwriting, novel writing, copyrwriting, preaching, and pitching. Experts teach in silos  of same ideas. The Storycon meeting was a historic event that had a very different goal—to explore a wholistic, systemic, big-picture approach to all the different ways story exists, manifests and is used, how to create to strengthen, intensify and deepen the power stories.

Stories Create and Change Cultures, Our Lives, The World
From Homer through the latest experimental fiction, the best storytellers simultaneously articulate and transform the heart of a culture. Their power as change agents begins by disrupting, then reforming mindsets by changing collective values and goals, the role and nature of heroes, even the meaning of life. You don’t have to be Homer to appreciate how great stories work, why they have lasting appeal, and how they change how we think and to what we dedicate our lives.  Here is a unique gathering of experts sharing the sum of their career and life knowledge with insights that explain how powerful stories work --  what makes them tick -- whether you are writing, reading, analyzing or living them.  This is a comprehensive, how-to Introduction to both the visible and the less visible drivers of effective stories.  

Whether you are a writer or not, this essential course is For You
You define yourself with your stories about yourself, your family, your community, your culture. Others create stories that can affect, even define your life. You share your life with the stories you tell. You are already a storyteller. The question is, how good are you? Can you get better at it—for your life, your work, for the changes you want to make. Think about some how some of these quotations apply to you.

The universe is made of stories, not atoms." 
Muriel Rukeyser, poet

The best defense is a good story.
Frederick Bush, on NPR

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of
you.
Maya Angelou

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."
Rudyard Kipling

I will tell you something about stories,
(he said)
They aren't just entertainment.
Don't be fooled.
They are all we have, you see,
All we have to fight off
illness and death
-- Leslie Marmon Silko

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Marcel Proust

Stories serve the purpose of consolidating whatever gains people or their leaders have made or imagine they have made in their existing journey thorough the world.
Chinua Achebe

It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story."
Native American saying

We are, each of us, our own prisoner. We are locked up in our own story.
Maxine Kumin

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Gilda Radner

When we harness and understand the value of storytelling we can build our world with purpose and clarity. The stories we tell create the world we live in, and the more gifted we are at telling our stories with intention, the more we're able to feel confident in our ability to create a world we are comfortable with; regardless of the plot twists fellow storytellers throw our way.
Tsara Shelton

 

Are you ALREADY AN EXPERT at story?
Great—you are an expert at one aspect. This timeless audio program offers you different views of the elephant, as experts in many different worlds of story share how THEY think about what makes stories work.

 

Give it as a gift to yourself or someone you love
This gathering of leaders in the wide world of story was highly energizing, inspiring and enlightening—for the speakers too, as you can see from the endorsements as well. This will be a real treat for you, or a great gift.

Here’s a thumbnail sketch of the talks and their speakers. More detailed info is below.

1 A beginning of a history, science and pedagogy  of Story Science and Art. Rob Kall, Storycon Organizer and Founder, Publisher of OpEdNews.com
2 The Essence of Story: James Bonnet, author, Stealing Fire From The Gods
3 Linear story structure; Linda Seger, famed Script doctor and author of numerous books on screenwriting
4 How Narratology Can Help You Write Better Stories" James Phelan
5 Story as Energy David Vanadia
6 From Heros To Villains: The Psychology of Characters and Conflicts; Rachel Ballon
7 Character Structure Dan Decker
8 The Six Properties of Oral Storytelling: How "Story Communication" Differs from Conceptual Communication Doug Lipman
09 Living and Leaving a Spiritual Legacy: The Centrality of Story in a Meaningful Life." Daniel Taylor
10 Strategy and Story Ashraf Ramzy
11 Neuroscience of Story Tom Budzynski
12 Joseph Campbell, Storyteller Stephen and Robin Larsen
13 Creatures of the Metaphor: the Writer as Shaman Robert Burdette Sweet
14 The Seven Realities of True Myths: How story explains and enhances the world around us and within us. Pamela Jaye Smith

15 How Stories Provide Us A Map Of Human Psychology And The Problem-Solving Process Chris Huntley
16 Stories that can change the world Thom Hartman.
17 Using Story As A Business Tool  Steve Denning
18  Bardic Voices Mythic Bards Cathy Lynn Pagano
19 From word to image; storyboarding and the filmmaking process Marcie Begleiter
20 When Hero and Goddess Love Ray Bergen
21 Anatomy of Positive Experience, a temporal, not necessarily linear approach to story too?
Rob Kall
22 The Big Seven Questions of Story: the seven most important questions any storyteller must ask themselves Richard Krevolin
23 The Story Mind: Using Psychology to Structure Your Story Melanie Anne Phillips
24 Psychoacoustics and Story David Sonnenschein
25 a Storytelling elements and their relationship to each other Robin Tobin (small audio gap)
26 Personal Stories/ Sacred Stories -- Is There A Difference? Karen Dietz

Bonus Lecture
Awaken the Creative Dreamer-- Harvest Dreams for Storybuilding  Craig Webb

The Price
This course was originally sold for $149 on CD. Now, as a digital download, we’re offering it an unprecedented low price and giving people who are first to take advantage  of our low price the lowest prices. And there’s no shipping. You download it and can have it in minutes.

What you get:

  • awesome lectures covering a vast swathe of story territory.
  • most of the lectures in the series were 20-30 minutes.
  • There's such a wealth of information, you'll want to listen to this several times.

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

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

    Mythologists, Folklorists, Neuroscientists, Psychologists, activists: Steve and Robin Larsen, Rachel Ballon, Tom Budzynski, Karen Dietz, Ray Bergen, Craig Webb, Thom Hartmann, Cathy Pagano, Rob Kall, Pamela J. Smith,

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

Endorsements
“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, leadership 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, Screenwriters, and Teachers

"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

"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

Have you ever wanted to know how stories work, from the inside?  And what gives superior stories their maximum impact. Though stories invoke magic, creating stories is about craft, understanding what’s at stake, and knowing how to create inspiring characters that overcome obstacles and conflicts while reinventing their “story lines.”  Like heroes, impactful stories are made, not just born, especially when engaging our conscious and unconscious realms.  Whether creating stories or unpacking what informs a great story, the following experts have many insightful tales to tell you, suggesting how great narratives can at times work miracles. 
Robert Becker, senior editor, OpEdNews.com

Details on the Instructors

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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 author of Blueprint For Writing,  The Writer's Sourcebook, and Your Story, Change Your Life:  The Healing Power of Writing

Topic: From Heros To Villains: The Psychology of Characters and Conflicts

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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.
Topic: From word to image; storyboarding and the filmmaking process 

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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."
Topic: When Hero and Goddess Love 

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James Bonnet authorStealing Fire from the Gods : A Dynamic New Story Model for Writers and Filmmakers Post Conference Workshop: James Bonnet’s Storymaking The Master ClassThe Quintessential Screenwriting and Storymaking Seminar
Topic: The Essence of Story

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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
Topic: Neuroscience of Story

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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
Topic: Character Structure 

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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 for Knowledge Management at the World Bank, he now works with organizations on leadership, knowledge management and organizational storytelling.  
Topic: Using Story As A Business Tool 

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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.

Topic: Personal Stories/ Sacred Stories -- Is There A Difference?

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Thom Hartmann author of 20+ books; 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.  

Topic: Stories that can change the world.

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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.
Topic: How Stories Provide Us A Map Of Human Psychology And The Problem-Solving Process

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Rob Kall; StoryCon Meeting Founder organizer,  Founder/Publisher OpEdNews.com, Host Bottom Up Radio, 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 
topic: A beginning of a history, science and pedagogy  of Story Science and Art.

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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; 

Topic: The Big Seven Questions of Story: the seven most important questions any storyteller must ask themselves

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Stephen & Robin Larsen: authors of Fire in The Mind, the authorized Biography of Joseph Campbell, and, The Mythic Imagination  mythmind.com

Topic: Joseph Campbell, Storyteller

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Doug Lippman author of IMPROVING YOUR STORYTELLING; Beyond the Basics for All who Tell Stories in Work or Play . Doug is the foremost authority on storytelling coaching

Topic: The Six Properties of Oral Storytelling: How "Story Communication" Differs from Conceptual Communication

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Cathy Lynn Pagano psychotherapist, screenwriter, mythic storyteller/consultant and teacher, trained at the C.G. Jung-Institut, Zurich, author, Stories of the Earth.

Topic: The Archetype of the Bard

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Melanie Anne Phillips is the co-creator of the Dramatica theory of story. Later, as Director of Research and Development for Write Brothers, she collaborated in the design and development of the Dramatica line of software and accessories. Today, Ms. Phillips develops writing tools for her own company, Storymind and provides writing tips on Twitter @WritingTip and on her story structure blog, Dramaticapedia.
Topic: The Story Mind: Using Psychology to Structure Your Story 

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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 Pressseries 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.
Topic: How Narratology Can Help You Write Better Stories

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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. 
Topic: Strategy and Story

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Dr. Linda Seger is one of the world’s foremost script consultants, a screenplay coach, story coach and international speaker. Linda is the author of nine books on script writing, including Creating Unforgettable Characters, Making a Good Script Great, Making a Good Writer Great.
Topic: Linear story structure

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Pamela Jaye Smith 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. She is the author of SHOW ME THE LOVE! All Kinds of Love for All Kinds of Stories, INNER DRIVES: How to Write and Create Characters Using the Eight Classic Centers of Motivation, THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE: Creating Great Villains and Dangerous Situations and SYMBOLS.IMAGES.CODES: The Secret Language of Images in Media 
Topic: The Seven Realities of True Myths: How story explains & enhances the world around us and within us.

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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)
Topic: Psychoacoustics and Story

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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.

Topic: Creatures of the Metaphor; The Writer as Shaman

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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

Topic: Living and Leaving a Spiritual Legacy: The Centrality of Story in a Meaningful Life.

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Rob Tobin is a screenwriter (2 scripts in preproduction), script doctor, writing coach and author of "How to Write High Structure, High Concept Movies."

Topic: Storytelling elements and their relationship to each other 

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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.

Topic: Story as energy

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Craig Webb, avant-garde physicist and co-founder/Executive Director of the DREAMS Foundation since 1995, is a renown dreams and consciousness researcher, trainer, author and spokesman (CTV, Discovery Channel, AOL, and 50+ others
Topic: Awaken the Creative Dreamer-- Harvest Dreams for Storybuilding 

It was a very common misunderstanding that Storycon was a storytelling event. It was not. It was a place where people who thought about how stories work,  the history and neuroscience of stories, how to make better stories and how to apply stories discussed their ideas and areas of expertise.  It was a pretty amazing and diverse assembly of story experts. 

This was the first time in the history of the world that people expert in many different aspects of story came together. The first meeting, the first day of the meeting, when the speakers shared their basic, core ideas to each other, in an attempt to build a base for deeper conversations, was particularly electric, a kind of Woodstock experience for the world of story. This is a recording of that first day’s presentations.

What you get:
You will receive a code that enables you to download a file which holds all the talks listed above.
The code is good for three days and two downloads. Yes, you can split the cost and share it with another person—though only one payment must be made. 

Finally, the great new price.
We’re going to be offering this program for the drastically reduced price of $69, but, to get this new download program off the ground, we’re making a special offer, with one caveat.

Order by March 31
for $29

Order by April 30
for $39


Order by May 31
for $49


Order by June 30
for $59


After the first 200 orders, the price will be set at $69

What’s the caveat? We ask that, if you like the course, you write a review of the course and submit it below here.

*The recordings were taken from the live conference, so they are NOT studio recordings. The quality of each audio recording varies.

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. 
Anaias Nin 

The best defense is a good story.
Frederick Bush, on NPR

There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of
you.
Maya Angelou

There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there.  Only you don't see them. 
Elie Wiesel

In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story  of the earth. 
Rachel Carson 

It's all storytelling, you know. That's what journalism is all about.
Tom Brokaw

A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.
Raymond Chandler

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.
Robert McKee

If you are the same person after reading a book, seeing a picture, hearing music, then what you read, saw or heard was not produced by an artist.
Robert Burdette Sweet, Writing Towards Wisdom; The Writer as Shaman

"There is a dream dreaming us."
saying of the aboriginal San of the Kalahari Desert, cited by Robert Wolff, author,  Original Wisdom

Myths are the stories we tell ourselves to explain the world around us and within us.
 Pamela Jaye Smith

Those who tell the stories rule society.
 Plato

We are, each of us, our own prisoner. We are locked up in our own story.
Maxine Kumin

I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Gilda Radner


Order by March 31
for $29

Order by April 30
for $39


Order by May 31
for $49


Order by June 30
for $59


After the first 200 orders, the price will be set at $69


We're offering some great discounts on this program: This course was originally sold for $149 on CD.

Order by March 31
for $29

Order by April 30
for $39


Order by May 31
for $49


Order by June 30
for $59


After the first 200 orders, the price will be set at $69

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