STORY GRID SPREADSHEET COURSE
With the Story Grid Spreadsheet course, you will learn how to evaluate your story scene-by-scene to discover hidden weaknesses—and how to fix them.
And you won’t be alone. An experienced Story Grid Certified Editor will guide you through each step in leveling up your novel, short story, or nonfiction work.
In the course, I’ll teach you how to use the Spreadsheet to understand all the moving parts of your manuscript on a deeper level.
You’ll see how they fit together and why. You’ll be able to see which parts need to be leveled up or tossed out, which just need to be polished up, and how to improve your story as a whole so it works for your readers.
I’ll teach you how to analyze each scene of your manuscript using the Story Grid 4-C framework.
It’s never easy to see your own writing objectively. You’re too close to it!
I’ll show you how the Spreadsheet can give you new lenses—almost like a second pair of eyes—to see and edit your work effectively.
Show, don’t tell, am I right?
I won’t just tell you about the power of the Story Grid Spreadsheet—
I’ll show you exactly how to use it, with detailed examples.
We’ll walk through the entire process together.
What is the Story Grid Spreadsheet, and why does it matter? How does this tool actually make you a better writer?
The Story Grid Spreadsheet is made up of four distinct sections. Each section helps you analyze your scenes from a different vantage point, through a different lens.
There are two ways to use the Spreadsheet to level up your writing, based on two intentions you have as a writer. I’ll tell you about each and explain why they are both so valuable.
You’re ready to get your hands in the toolbox! I’ll walk you through each of the columns of the Spreadsheet and show you exactly how to fill them out. There’s always some confusion when writers use the Spreadsheet for the first time, but I’ll be beside you all the way to ease any frustrations.
Theory is good, but practical examples are better. I’ll show you how the Spreadsheet works, using specific examples from three books. Two of the books are established masterworks and one is my own work-in-progress.
If you are just starting out, learning the Story Grid Spreadsheet will help you write better scenes and understand masterworks in your favorite genres like never before.
The Story Grid Spreadsheet will speed up your editing time and help you level up your writing quickly by giving you a deeper understanding of scene-by-scene writing.
Analyze manuscripts and give your clients better feedback faster.
When you deliver a report based on a Story Grid Spreadsheet, you will wow the writers you work with.
The Story Grid Spreadsheet course is a practical, step-by-step process developed and proven over the past 30 years by Shawn Coyne, an editor of bestselling novels across multiple genres.
I have spent more than three years training under Shawn and using the Spreadsheet with my clients. Now, for the first time, I’m thrilled that we’re sharing this incredible tool with everyone.
Just to recap: Here’s what you’ll learn if you decide to join me in the Story Grid Spreadsheet course:
And you’ll also get something more:
By applying the Story Grid Spreadsheet to your own story,
you will be able to see your writing in a new and deeper way.
You’ll understand storycraft as never before.
You’ll gain immediate insight into what is and isn't working in your novel right now.
And you’ll have this tool to help you in all your future projects.
The days of random, hope-for-the-best editing will be behind you.
You’ll know how to edit your own work with confidence.
You’ll be a better storyteller. Period.
Yes! It works for all stories of any length in any medium. The main difference is the word count column. For a screenplay, you could track each scene by word count (like a book) or by the number of pages if that’s more useful to you. You can even track scenes in films/TV using timestamps or minutes instead of word count. But the rest of the columns absolutely apply!
Absolutely! This course focuses on the standard spreadsheet which applies most directly to fiction, but there is a nonfiction version of the spreadsheet which has a few different columns. For example, onstage and offstage characters are applied differently in nonfiction than fiction. But this course is a great introduction to the spreadsheet for fiction and nonfiction writers.
Yes! Even though you may not be ready to officially fill out a spreadsheet yet (because you’re still in the middle of writing your draft), the course covers the principles at play in creating scenes that work. These are great things to have in mind while you draft. But at the same time, there is no pressure to “include everything” while you’re drafting--that’s precisely what the spreadsheet will help you identify, so you can go back and revise with focus and direction.
There are two ways to look at this: a beginner when it comes to storytelling and a beginner at applying the Story Grid tools. This course speaks well to both types of beginners. In fact, even seasoned storytellers and Story Grid nerds have shared that they enjoyed the course and learned a new and empowered perspective on the spreadsheet.
This answer is most-likely based on how you learn. But we can say that the course covers the basics in a down-to-earth way that works well for someone brand new to Story Grid. But it’s a great idea to have the original The Story Grid book nearby for reference and to dig deeper into the methodology as needed. And remember, all of the book and podcast content is free in blog form at storygrid.com, so you can search and read up on topics to your heart’s content.
These ten videos are pre-recorded so you can view at your own pace, pause, take a break, rewind, or whatever you need to do to learn at your best.
Yes, you have lifetime access to the material.
You will be able to access the course on any web browser on your desktop or mobile device.
No, that would be a separate engagement that you would contract with an individual Story Grid Certified Editor. Most of the Story Grid Certified Editors offer free 30 minute consults if you have questions or are interested in working with someone. But if not, consider pairing up with a writing friend and helping one another spreadsheet your drafts, or a masterwork you both love. There is so much value in learning together!
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