Stories have the power to transform people, to expose them to new modes of thinking, to make them more empathetic, to give them hope and ease their suffering. As Robert McKee says, "Our appetite for story is a reflection of the profound human need to grasp the patterns of living, not merely as an intellectual exercise, but within a very personal, emotional experience."
If you want to be the kind of storyteller who has such effect and impact on readers, you need to understand the inner workings of story on both the holistic level and at the line, page, and scene level of your story.
Learn Story Essentials
When a story fails, it’s usually because of some problem with the storytelling, not with the writing. Learn imperatives of story so you can avoid such pitfalls.
Master Practical Craft
To create a forest, you need to plant trees. A story is a holistic piece of art, but it’s still made up of parts and pieces. Learn practical tips for improving your scenes, pages, and lines.
Demanding, Supportive Teaching
My philosophy as a teacher and editor is that what’s most helpful and compassionate is to be challenging. I truly believe your story is worth telling. It deserves to be as strong as possible.
Learn to Trust Your Instincts
Writing and storytelling are skills you can improve. I can help you be more conscious of your craft so that you'll hone your instincts.
"Nothing gets past Tim Storm. Working with editors over the years, sometimes you want to test your crafting abilities and let a crazy sentence fly—abstraction, too much telling, piling on unnecessary details—and you can, for the most part, get away with it. Not with Tim. This guy's got a heck of a head on him. He sniffs out everything. Astute, rigorous, and generous; and it's all in service of improving the piece and strengthening your voice." - Josh Cook, book critic for Minneapolis-Star Tribune
"It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive." - James Baldwin