For my STORYFIX Readers

Dear StoryFix Readers

I want to thank you for joining me in these posts I’ve done over the past few years. The responses that I’ve gotten has been truly exceptional. Your comments have made me modify and improve my work which, I think ,has made them much better. In my role as a screenwriter and story expert, I have been inspired by the discussions that have taken place on this site and I want to thank you and Larry for the great opportunities I’ve had.

I wanted to do something for you to show my appreciation. So, here’s what I’m thinking.

Several years ago, I created a ten-week audio study course for my professional clients – working novelists, screenwriters, playwrights and graphic novel creators, which lays out my personal way to teaching story creation for people who were interested in becoming working, highly paid writers. A way of looking at the process of storytelling that was unlike anything ever seen.

The course is called StorySkills and was the foundation of my “Two Drafts – Two Polishes” approach to writing. The goal here was to get these working writers to think about their skills, talents and abilities is a whole new way. It incorporates the whole of my 20 year career and experience as a teacher, author and widely read columnist on Story and Craft for Creative Screenwriting Magazine.

In short, it’s the cornerstone of my approach.

StorySkills works like this:

Every Monday for ten weeks, you will receive a seminar that you can listen to on your smartphone or computer, and it’s available to you forever. You can listen to whenever and wherever you like - when you need an inspiration of a tune-up on your skills.

The ten-week curriculum is as follows:

Week 1 - Training:
The “Process”: A program to train you to create stories quickly and organically
Perfecting your skills: Using what you already know to your best advantage
Refining your method: Filling in the gaps in your natural process

Week 2 - Premise:
Finding New Ideas: Seeing the World of Story all around you
Perfecting your Premise: Starting right – ending right
How to build a story: The 10 steps every story needs

Week 3 - Process:  
Do you write in Marble or Clay? - Making the most out of your natural process
Two Drafts – Two Polishes: Getting the most out of your writing time

Week 4 - Depth:
Your “Personal Story Arc”: Using your life as the power behind your writing
The “Two Questions”: The guiding principles behind all great writing

Week 5 – Procrastination:
The Reasons why we procrastinate
How to stop procrastinating forever

Week 6 - Pre-Write:
Intro to Story Dreaming: Why the typing is that LAST thing you need to do
The “String of Pearls”: Stop worrying about structure and create great scenes naturally

Week 7 - Theme:
The Central Question: Answering the story question you most want to ask
Your Personal Themes: Understanding the real power behind your talent

Week 8 - Plot:
Obligatory scenes: Understanding the only two important parts to any story
Set-up and Pay-off: How to truly make a story compelling
“The Chain”: Scene and sequel

Week 9 - Character:
The Rule Book: Understanding your character's true motivation
The Relationship Chart: The real power behind great characters
The Protagonist/Audience Connection: The true path to finding your fans

Week 10 - Flow:
The Cabin by the Lake: The secret to instant motivation
Pomodoro: The key to great productivity
Achieving a Flow State: Write deeply no matter where you are

BONUS Week - Career:
Why we write: Understanding your art
Creating a body of work: Leaving behind a legacy
Being that Step Above: The Guide to Artistic Professionalism

I’m very proud of the series. It has been used by more than 500 working writers here in the US and Canada, each one dedicated to making a career of writing. The series has been so successful that, starting next year, I will be teaching it internationally – and it will be translated into Spanish, French, Italian and Cantonese.

Regularly, it is $497 – but it is available to you for more than 50% offfor only $297!

In addition to the ten seminars, you’ll get these other FREE bonuses:

(1) The teleseminar and workbook, Creating Great Characters – usually $79, but yours free.

(2) My new collection of the best writing articles that internet has to offer, each one with information I believe is truly valuable to you now. Over 100 pages of great advice – all free to you when you sign-up for StorySkills.

(3) My list of the only writing books you will ever need. The best of what’s available from the best teachers today. The list is yours FREE when you join StorySkills.

The price is good through October 31th – after that, the series will go back to its full price.

So to get the ten week StorySkills seminars, the August Character seminar and workbook, the collection of great articles and my list of ten great writing books, all you have to do is either:

(1) Send $297 to PayPal (to account: aholcomb07@gmail.com)

Or

(2) Send a check for $297 to

     Art Holcomb
     3404 Donder Court
     Riverside, CA 92507-4033

You’ll get this all for one price, as my way to saying thanks for making these summer talks such a great success. It is you that helps make both me and my work better and I just wanted to show my appreciation.

I hope you join us. Feel free to write to me with any questions.

All the best – and Keep Writing!

Art Holcomb