Amy White

Amy is a children’s literature specialist at the Orem Public Library. Experienced in the languages of story, Amy became an ardent student of the Katherine J. Farmer method of script and text analysis in 2010. Soon, she began assisting, lecturing, and teaching the Story Cone at writing workshops and conferences.

An active member of the writing community, Amy teaches and assists the local Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference, is a Director for the Latter-Day Saint Publishing Professionals Association, and the Books Track Head for the science fiction and fantasy conference, Life the Universe and Everything. Amy is the author of the Amazon number one new release Dressing the Naked Hand.

Cracking the Story Code

8-hour Master Class. $160.00
Class is limited to 20 students
Part 1: Friday, June 9th, 9am-1pm
Part 2: Saturday, June 10th, 9am-1pm

What is Cracking the Story Code?

Cracking the Story Code is an accumulative multi-level structural and substantive system of text and story analysis that reveals what works in successful stories, why it works, and the knowledge to understand what is needed to create those stories—predictably and consistently. It is a gift of second sight.

-First level analysis:

Characters as agents of a story’s action, their role functions, and how the number and nature of characters determines focus, completeness, and quality.

The traditional plot mountain as it applies to the Story Cone, including a look at basic plot patterns as predictors of age appropriate audience targeting.

-Second level analysis:

Genre determination (kind and type) as an infallible predictor of a work’s emotional signature.

Power structures, their irresistible pull, and how systems are either re-enforced, battered, or taken down.

-Third level analysis:

Power flow and system changes through the course of longer and more complex works.

A closer look at genre, and the dynamic signatures of variants and mixes—kinds and types.

-Fourth level analysis:

Going beyond structure, moral reasoning, and theme; applying elements of universal appeal, developmental appropriateness, and quality for individual for maximum effect.

Moral reasoning as applied to the characters and the traits that identify them.

Theme as a predictor of the success of a story.

How to use the principles in Cracking the Story Code

Cracking the Story Code is a quick, almost formulaic—if formula could define emotional signatures—method of analysis. The simple cone structure, once the number and nature of the characters have been identified, allows a reviewer to see if the story is complete and focused, where the story is taking the readers, what emotional response is being sent and above all, to know if the audience will be receiving the message the writer is sending—all with an eye on audience developmental levels.

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