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There is a lot of content here at Story Grid to help you tell a better story.

This page will help you navigate what we have available.

1. Do This First

Sign up now and Shawn will send you a free 5-day course on how to use Story Grid to write a better book.

Along with that, you’ll receive weekly updates with new Story Grid content designed to help you become a better writer.


2. Read the Book


The Story Grid

What Good Editors Know

The Story Grid is a tool developed by editor Shawn Coyne to analyze stories and provide helpful editorial comments. It’s like a CT Scan that takes a photo of the global story and tells the editor or writer what is working, what is not, and what must be done to make what works better and fix what’s not.

3. Access the Resources

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4. Read The Popular Articles

  1. Using the Story Grid to Outline
  2. Genre’s Five Leaf Clover
  3. Genres have Conventions and Obligatory Scenes
  4. The Foolscap Method
  5. What We Talk About When We Talk About Genre
  6. Flash Forward: The Story Grid in Action
  7. The Five Commandments of Storytelling
  8. An Editor’s Six Core Questions
  9. Four Nonfiction Points of View
  10. The Vertebrae of the Story Spine
  11. How Stories Save Lives


5. Pick Shawn’s Brain

Shawn is currently available for 1-hour coaching calls. You’ll be able to send him material (NO MANUSCRIPTS, but up to 2,000 words explaining your conundrum and/or a Foolscap Global Story Grid for your work) to look over ahead of time. Directly after purchase you will be forwarded to his calendar to book a time with him.

You can schedule a 1-hour consulting call by clicking here.