Scriptwriting & Storytelling

Storycrafting: The Art and the Power of

Writing a Great Story 


Great novels, great movies, and great audio dramas all begin with a great story.   

You’ve been surrounded by stories all your life, but has anyone explained how they work? 

Deep down you know that learning to write well is about more than manipulating words. It’s about learning to tell a great story. 

Story is a language of emotion—like music. It operates by principles that strike at our shared humanity. That’s why it’s the main engine of the Bible. It's the core language God uses to speak truth across cultures and time.

As a student of the scriptwriting track, you’ll actually learn the principles of storytelling. They apply to stage plays and radio programs, but also to journalism and novels. You’ll explore techniques for pulling your audience step-by-step into any story, but with an eye to the special demands of scriptwriting. You’ll discover how to reveal truth through a story’s conflict and resolution instead of through a tacked-on or heavy-handed message. And you’ll experience what it means to rely on God as the source of your creativity.

Best of all, you will go home with more than just notes for a rainy day. You’ll apply these breakthrough insights together with other guild students as you write and produce a riveting audio drama in less than a week! 

Dan Schwabauer

Daniel Schwabauer, M.A., is the owner of Clear Water Press, Inc. and creator of the One Year Adventure Novel, Cover Story, and Byline writing programs. His professional work includes stage plays, radio scripts, short stories, newspaper columns, comic books and scripting for the PBS animated series Auto-B-Good. His young adult novels, Runt the BraveRunt the Hunted, and The Curse of the Seer have received numerous awards, including the 2005 Ben Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Children’s Literature and the 2008 Eric Hoffer Award. He graduated from Kansas University’s Masters program in Creative Writing in 1995. He lives in Olathe, Kansas with his wife and two dogs.

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