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James Bonnet's Seven Day Storymaking Workshop


- One-on-one for seven day with James Bonnet, author of Stealing Fire from the Gods: The Complete Guide to Story for Writers  and Filmmakers

- Start a new project or develop a work-in-progress to take your story to the next level.
- Master the art of your screenplay or novel through an understanding of story. 


Whether you are a professional or first-time screenwriter or novelist, this state-of-the-art storymaking workshop and private one-on-one sessions with James Bonnet in Santa Monica, which are modeled on the popular and successful workshop retreats in Nans Sous Sainte Anne, France, will give you the tools you need to create successful stories. Considered by many top professionals to be the leading authority and guide in all things related to story and storymaking, Bonnet will take you beyond Classical Story Structure, Three Acts, and The Hero’s Journey to a more complete understanding of the story principles you need to create story films and novels that are significant, enduring and have universal appeal.


As we begin our journey together developing your story, we will take an in-depth look at the essence of story – that without which there would be no story – and the hidden structures all great stories have in common. These hidden structures are intimately linked to the source of your creativity, are extremely powerful, and are the reason some great stories defy time and remain active and relevant for thousands of years and why others become classics, best-selling novels, or top grossing films.


Then, as we continue our work together and fine-tune your story, you will discover why there is such great power in the purity of the subject.  Experience how to create charismatic characters, narrative structures that will make your story truly unique, and high concept great ideas and log lines that will generate excitement and compel the right people to get involved.


So if you have a new project you want to start, one you need to finish, or anything in between, let’s meet in Santa Monica and take it to the next level.


On select evenings we will gather together to analyze an important film or book and enjoy laughter and stimulating conversations with new friends and colleagues over dinner and wine.


Space is very limited, so don’t delay in signing up for this special opportunity. 


 For lodging information contact Diane: 


“Unlocking the secrets of story reveals the secrets of the mind and awakens the power of story

within you. Work with that power and you can steal fire from the gods. Master that power and you can create stories that will live forever.” 


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A Few Reviews


“Employing psychological theory and his own hard-won insights, James Bonnet demystifies the magic of creative storytelling. Stealing Fire from the Gods is intelligent and fascinating.”  Robert Crais, New York Times Best-Selling Novelist


“My advice to aspiring writers is simple: Read this book. Go to this seminar. There are some real pearls here.”  Billy Ray, Screenwriter, The Hunger Games, Flight Plan, Shattered Glass,  Academy Award Nominee for Captain Phillips


“James Bonnet’s Storymaking Retreat in France introduced me to an approach that I have used in everything I have written since. As our group bonded and met again in Santa Monica, James’ process continued to become the natural way I write. As always, so many new ways of thinking and creating stories emerged, and this made me realize the incredible richness of James’ ongoing mentorship.”  Erin Byrne is an award winning writer, most recently for 2012 Travelers’ Tales Grand Prize Silver Solas Award for Spirals, Memoir of a Celtic Soul


“Not only does Jim have a profound understanding of story but he can apply it to a writer’s work to identify what’s working and what’s not working in their story. He saw the source of a big problem in my novel and showed me how to fix it on the first day of our one-on-one sessions.”  Gary Bower, physicist, author, The Physicists’ Code


“James Bonnet is about challenging you to look deeply into your own fascination and attraction, to mine your story for the richness and texture that compels you to write. His tools will jump-start and intrigue you. Your connection to your craft will deepen, and your horizons will expand.”Raymond Singer, screenwriter, Disney’s Mulan 

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