Storytelling is not dependent on any form; a story can be painted, danced, written, staged or mimed. But, all stories are dependent upon having a structure; every story has one, every story must have one. In the commercial, how-to world of story development, there are countless story gurus, how-to books and methodologies that teach storytellers how to structure a story. Indeed, the “story-advice-noise” can be overwhelming and even deafening. The good news is that storytellers need look no further than the enneagram system to find everything they need to discover, uncover, and develop their story’s natural, right, and true structure. Much more than simply writing characters from scratch, or some paint-by-numbers approach to storytelling, this workshop demonstrates how to use the Enneagram-Story Bridge to: reveal the moral core of any story, discover the core relationship driving any story, design the perfect opposition structure for any story, create characters that “ring true” beyond mere typing considerations–and more. Every story knows how it should best be told. If you can cross the Enneagram-Story Bridge, this workshop can teach you how to listen to your story, so that you can be a master at telling any story.

Jeff Lyons is a 25-year veteran of the film, television and publishing industries. He currently works as a screenwriter; independent producer; and freelance, story-development consultant. He is founder of Storygeeks.com, a professional services company offering story development and editorial consulting services to screenwriters, novelists and new media companies.

Jeff Lyons


2011 IEA Global Conference

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA