The Anatomy of Story

22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller

John Truby

Faber and Faber, Inc.

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"If you're ready to graduate from the boy-meets-girl league of screenwriting, meet John Truby . . . [his lessons inspire] epiphanies that make you see the contours of your psyche as sharply as your script."
LA Weekly
 
John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood’s most successful films, including Sleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek. The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby’s own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative.

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“Truby attempts to inform the entire story, addressing plot, character, tone, symbolism, and dialog. The key here is to grow a script organically rather than force the story into preexisting mechanics . . . Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

“A comprehensive guide to writing stories of all kinds, Truby’s tome is invaluable to any writer looking to put an idea to paper.” —Booklist
 
“The Anatomy Of Story is concrete and practical without resorting to simplistic 'Three Act Structure' screenwriting clichés. It will be an indispensable guide to writing your first great script. Then, the perfect survival manual to help you negotiate the often confusing, contradictory and cutthroat world of professional screenwriting.”  –Larry Wilson, co-writer /co-producer of Beetlejuice and co-writer of The Addams Family
 
“A veritable bible for screenwriters.” –Backstage 
 
“If you're ready to graduate from the boy-meets-girl league of screenwriting, meet John Truby . . . [His lessons draw] epiphanies that make you see the contours of your psyche as sharply as your script.” –LA Weekly

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John Truby

John Truby is Hollywood’s premier story consultant and founder of Truby’s Writers Studio. He has worked as a story consultant and script doctor for Disney Studios, Sony Pictures, FOX, and HBO, among others, and has taught screenwriting to students worldwide.

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The Anatomy of Story
22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller
John Truby

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
October 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780865479937
ISBN10: 0865479933
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 464 pages, Includes 15 Diagrams, Notes, and an Index
$17.00

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e-Book Agency
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
October 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429923705
ISBN10: 1429923709
464 pages, Includes 15 Diagrams, Notes, and an Index
$9.99
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