A Story is a Promise



Essays on the Craft of Writing
About the Author


A Story is a Promise DVD



My DVD is now available through Amazon for $10.99.

In this professionally-shot video, I speak about my a story is a promise concepts. In the video I break down many popular stories, including Prince of Tides, A Room with a View, The Hunt for Red October, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Rocky.


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A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling is available as a trade paperback from Amazon.

A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling offers a deep look into the mechanics of how to tell a story and how a story engages and rewards the attention of an audience. Examples are used from popular books, movies, and plays. The Spirit of Storytelling focuses on how writers can transcend their personal issues when they write and give story characters fully realized internal lives.




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A Story is a Promise on Audio Tape

This professionally-recorded and edited audio tape explores how a story functions as a promise. Stories explored include Saving Private Ryan, A Room with a View, The Hunt for Red October, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Rocky.

It's available for $6.99 (includes shipping and handling). Send a check to

Bill Johnson
2108 Buck St
West Linn, OR 97068

or use PayPay and this on-line order form.

You can listen to a sample of the audio tape using a RealAudio player. A Story is a Promise Audio Sample



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Full copies of my reviews of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Iceman Cometh, and the Heidi Chronicles can now be downloaded from Smashwords, Mastering Story Structure, A guide for writing unforgettable plays. This workbook is available for Kindle, as an HTML file, and a PDF.