The Top - What is a Story?
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The Top - What is a Story?

Know your story will work, and create unlimited original story ideas.
4.8 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
52 students enrolled
Created by Harry Dewulf
Last updated 9/2016
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What Will I Learn?
Identify the essential features of ANY story
Recognize a complete story idea
Identify what's missing from, and complete, a story idea
Incorporate your theme or message effectively and subtly in a story
Invent unlimited original story ideas
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  • It will help you if you refresh your memory of a specific story you've written before you start the course

The Top is a an analogy for a story; it's the bastard child of my research into the nature of stories through story analysis, my love of poetry, and the necessity of analogy as a tool for communication.

This is a course about stories, and about storytelling, over 6 lectures - an intro, four lessons, and a conclusion, by the end of which you will be able to take the analogy I have chosen - more - you'll be able to picture it well enough that you'll be able to carry it with you wherever you go, and use it at any time.

And this analogy is all you need, in order to always be able to tell if your story idea is going to work but also...

... if you haven't got a story idea right now, this analogy is going to help you make one.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to write fiction
  • This course is suitable both for new and experienced writers
  • This course is useful both for writing and for live or improvised storytelling
  • You may find this course easier if you have already written a story
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 8 Lectures Collapse All 8 Lectures 01:26:13
Introduction - In the Garden of the Story
1 Lecture 03:58

This is the introductory talk, delivered from my garden, as the weather was nice and the light excellent. I introduce myself, and tell you what you'll need to know for the main lessons.

Preview 03:58
Main Lessons - "The Top" - What is a Story?
6 Lectures 01:16:54

In this first lesson, you discover the analogy at the core of the concept, and there are a couple of examples of how it is applied directly. It's important to understand that this isn't the only analogy that could be used for a story. It just happens to be an especially effective one. Just how effective should show more and more with each lesson.

Preview 19:28

I've made several technological improvements since the last course I recorded, but I'm still hampered by my eyesight. In this course I'm trying out a new system for my notes and scripted segments, and this is by way of an apology for them!

Apology... Sorry

Some theory and practice of what stories are for - you'll see the basic principle - to communicate a message - described and then demonstrated.

What are Stories For? - Part 1

The first part overran ever so slightly, so this is just the conclusion!

What are Stories For? - Part 2: Conclusion

This lecture shows the surprising interrelationship between the story idea and the reader's imagination, revealing just how little you need to tell the reader, and just how much help the reader will give you, if you will let them.

How do Stories Work?

Through a couple of improbable examples, you will be able to see how the cup & ball becomes an analogy that needs to be completed, in order to create new story ideas that are themselves complete, to be able to write the stories.

How do you Invent a Story?
Conclusion - Back in the Story Garden
1 Lecture 05:21

My hopes and fears for you... and what you should do next.

Conclusion and "Outro"
About the Instructor
Harry Dewulf
4.9 Average rating
29 Reviews
171 Students
4 Courses
Literary Editor and Story Development Expert.

I've spent the last 9 years working with authors to get their books ready for publication, and then getting them published in the new e-book/e-reader/print-on-demand market. Some of my authors have gone on to get publishing contracts, and others are both traditionally and self published, including multi-award-winner Kary English.

My regular clients rely on me to understand and stimulate their creative process. We work together from development of the first story idea , through the drafting, redrafting and editing, right up to packaging and book launch; or they call me in at whatever stage they need me.