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Carlo Ricci

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Carlo Ricci

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

Spring Into Summer Writing Your Passion Project

Do you want to write your next project but haven’t gotten around to it? Or did you get started, and then put it down?

I know how to jumpstart you into writing your next script or book with skill, confidence and style. I’ll be your story mentor, and I’ve got a 100% success rate supporting fiction and non-fiction writers to get their stories onto the page!

How do we work together? You’ll either submit a 1-3 page brainstorm about the project your project or simply tell me about it. I’ll then design a 3-Phase Story Development Program unique to your needs. In Phase 1, we’ll be gathering and organizing the source material; in Phase 2, we’ll do a first draft story outline by defining the archetypal structure, character orchestration and themes; in Phase 3, we’ll finalize the story outline that will keep you inspired and on track to bring your next project to fruition.

Your commitment? Over a four-week period, we will work one-on-one and I will guide you through two 60-minute recorded sessions per week. Between sessions, I’ll have our recorded sessions transcribed and will be shaping and developing your source material — spending an additional 4 hours each week — so you can finally spring into summer writing your passion project.

The fee for this 4-week Story Development Program is $1795 but if you sign up now you can be writing your next project this summer for $1495. My regular hourly fee is $225/hour.

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Documentary Storytelling Essentials

These are the essential elements of documentary storytelling:   Engage the audience with a present time story before revealing the back-story. The present time story engages the audience through the beginning, middle and end of the film. Define the Palette of...

How to be Great Storytellers

Learning how to be great storytellers begins with a paradigm shift, changing your relationship to the stories you’re telling. You tell the best stories when you understand that you, the characters in your story, and your audience are all part of an “echo-system” that...

How and Why Solution-Oriented Storytelling Works

At an Esalen Institute conference in Big Sur, mythologists like Joseph Campbell and Robert Johnson were trying to come up with a clear, simple definition of “myth”. After several days, they still hadn’t come up with an answer, so they asked Robert Johnson’s young son...

The Future of Storytelling: Time Travel

The Future of Storytelling rests on your ability to time travel. When you develop your stories, you are on a parallel emotional journey with the characters in your stories, the same journey the audience will experience. But how do you register this? Being aware of...

Storytelling for Social Impact

The storytelling center for social impact is inside of you. Change and transformation begins with an inner shift of self-perception and by asking: What if you’re not who you think you are? The emotional resonance between you, your characters and your audience is an...

How to Tell the Best Stories: the Telling is Telling

Raymond Chandler wrote great mystery novels like The Big Sleep and Farewell, My Lovely. He also wrote screenplays like “Double Indemnity” and “Strangers on a Train”. Chandler once said, “If you’re telling your story to someone and noticing that you’re losing their...

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