Storytelling 101 Workshop will be guided by a masterful story: Neil Gaiman's classic short story “Chivalry.” You can read the text here: “Chivalry,” by Neil Gaiman (1998). You can listen to a reading here: “Chivalry” by Neil Gaiman.
After reading, Timons will identify and explain each of the basic elements of storytelling through Gaiman’s example, with this seven-point story structure as the model:
A Character, and what that means
A Problem (often neglected by beginners), and why you need one
A Place, however vaguely described
A Story (the whole point of storytelling)
Dialogue, and whether you need it
Description, and whether you need it
A Camera Crew, also known as Point of View
Get Feedback and One-on-One Instruction from a Storytelling Expert!
Using the many lessons acquired from the course, students will have the exceptional opportunity to submit one short story, of under 3500 words, for critique from the master storyteller himself. Timons will provide detailed, constructive criticism, providing students with the blueprint to craft impactful stories.
Additionally, each student may schedule a private thirty minute Zoom session to ask private questions, get personalized feedback, and to pick the brain of an award-winning writer.
All members will have exclusive access to the recorded workshop, a valuable resource to check back on as you mature as a storyteller. We encourage you to take advantage of short story feedback from Timons, as well as your One-on-One session.
- A handout on the Seven-Point Story
- A handout on the Three-Act Story
- A handout on quick characterization
- Esaias's mantra for non-cliché narration
- Esaias's list of short stories worth studying
- Each student will receive an open invitation to ongoing Write-Ins with Timons, a Zoom workshop where authors share their writing goals, and then manifest them through a silent writing session. Each Write-In session concludes with a check-in where participants can share thoughts on their experience. Write-Ins occur four days a week, Mondays through Thursdays.
- Each student will receive a Timons-curated, premium list of literary journals open for submissions. Lists include the journal name, genres accepted, word count accepted, and a link to the submission page.
Personalized Feedback is Included!
✅ Story Critique
Each student may submit one story under 3500 words to Timons for an in-depth review. Timons will provide detailed suggestions on how to improve your story.
✅ Private One-on-One Consultation on Zoom
In addition to a detailed critique of your story, you will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one session with Timons to answer any questions you have.
✅ Ongoing Support Via Email
You may have questions. Timons is happy to answer them via email. His responses are both timely and illuminating.