Carlo Ricci

Carlo Ricci

Storytellers Academy Partners with Artists United

About Artists United:

Artists United is a nonprofit organization inviting artists of every medium, every genre, every stripe to share and exchange knowledge, access high-powered, collective tools, and embrace new ways of working together. We are based in the United States, but our network and reach are worldwide. Artists who work alone create art. Artists who work together create change. Visit our website for more information.


Do you ever set out to tell great stories and then hit a wall of confusion and frustration? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by what seems to be insurmountable story problems and feel like giving up?

I know how you feel. These stressful story development problems actually had a negative impact on my moods, relationships and earning a living as a writer and storyteller.

How did I change my life around so that now I enjoy storytelling and make a handsome living at it? By creating a step-by-step story development process based on the essential elements of all great stories from blogs to myths: The Nuts and Bolts of Storytelling video course.

This story development system has helped thousands storytellers break through creative blocks and win Academy Awards, sell their projects to HBO, and reach millions of people with their stories.

Caroline Link

Tom with Academy Award winning filmmaker Caroline Link
(photo by Jessica Hahner)


With over 10,000 students internationally, Tom Schlesinger has taught storytelling workshops and trained industry professionals at Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., the Banff Centre, the American Film Institute, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and numerous international film schools.

Tom works with major brands like Red Bull, Shopify and Disney’s Maker Studios. He wrote the documentary “Prom Night in Mississippi” with Morgan Freeman and was story consultant on the Academy award-winning “Nowhere in Africa.”

Tom is available for small group workshops, one-on-one consulting and key note speeches. For further information and questions, please contact us. Although our schedule is a bit hectic at times, we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Red Bull    Lucasfilm    PIXAR    American Zoetrope    MIRAMAX   HBO  Columbia Pictures    Constantin Film

We train storytellers and story mentors through online webinars, live events, team mentoring, keynotes, one-on-one mentoring and ongoing advising. Our writers-room style workshops create an empowering communal experience that builds deeper, sustainable relationships with your creative teams, while expanding and sustaining your audience.

The Storytelling Workshop at MAKER Studios

Tom’s extraordinary guidance on my scripts for “Nowhere in Africa” and “Beyond Silence” enriched my award-winning films immensely.

Caroline Link

Writer-Director, Nowhere in Africa (Academy Award - Best Foreign Film)

Tom is the best: full stop!

Daniel Speck

Best-selling Author, Bella Germania

Tom’s wisdom, inspiration, and deep understanding of character and story continue to guide me on each screenwriting journey.

Pamela Gray

Screenwriter, Conviction, Music of the Heart, A Walk on the Moon

Working with Tom Schlesinger is worth its weight in gold!

Paul Saltzman

Filmmaker, Prom Night in Mississippi, featuring Morgan Freeman