Lessons from neuroscience and psychology that could transform your storytelling
Drawing upon the latest research from neuroscience and psychology, award-winning writer Will Storr reveals how authors, screenwriters and journalists of all levels can make their writing more compelling. During this fascinating masterclass, you’ll learn how the human brain turns life events into dramatic narratives. Then, you’ll discover how to exploit the brain’s natural storytelling processes within your own writing.
The course comprises a mixture of theoretical talks and fun practical exercises, where you’ll build up a captivating scene using principles from psychology and neuroscience. You’ll also be introduced to some great examples of storytelling in fiction, non-fiction, film and screen – from Kafka to Breaking Bad, Gillian Flynn and Karl Ove Knausgaard. Whether you’re a literary or genre writer, working for page or the screen, you’ll leave the course with new perspectives on your own work and a greater understanding of the neurological common ground of all audiences.
Will Storr is an award-winning writer whose books include The Heretics: Adventures with the Enemies of Science, and the novel The Hunger and Howling of Killian Lone. He’s also a multi-award-winning long-form journalist. Will has written for Guardian Weekend, The New Yorker, Observer Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine, among other publications. Find out more on his website.
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