How to Grow a Story: the Three Essential Processes

Video frame from "How to Grow a Story" video course
Video frame from "How to Grow a Story" video course

How to Grow a Story: the Three Essential Processes


A Video Course by Doug Lipman

Have you noticed that most storytelling instruction treats stories as objects to be assembled (“Add one character with a problem, then stir in an obstacle, etc.”)—rather than as living things to be grown?

The problem with the “assembly model” is that it disables essential neurological processes that help us transfer experiences from our brains to the brains of our listeners.

Growing a Story

The story-growing process, on the other hand, engages complex, unconscious processes that have made storytelling the essential tool for the communication of human experience. In the “wild,” the story-growing process has two simple, usually unconscious processes.

But we can build on those processes to augment and accellerate them! That’s what I do in this video course: I don’t teach you recipes. Instead, I teach you how to consciously create the conditions in which your stories can grow naturally, with all their vitality and power. 

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What You Get

  1. Seventeen brief video lectures, each showing me giving explanations with graphic illustrations.
  2. Complete access to the video files, so you can watch on your computer, tablet, or phone—or even burn them to DVD to watch on your TV.
  3. The complete collection of audio files, for learning on the go, or reviewing after you’ve watched the videos.
  4. All the slides I use during the course, in case you want to study them with the audio, or later.
  5. Assignments (optional), so you can put what you learn into practice immediately.
  6. Access to the online version on my private website. There, you can post your responses to the video lessons, view and comment on the assignments posted by others, and get my responses to your assignments, as well.
  7. A certificate for 30-minutes of individual phone coaching, at our mutual convenience. $95 value!
  • When Will This Be Available?

    The first dozen course lessons are available now; others are being posted every couple weeks.

Don't worry about losing access to the course materials; you'll have unlimited access to them.


This course is guaranteed.


This is information I have learned over 40 years of teaching storytelling to professional performers, executives, self-employed professionals, educators, health-care workers, clergy, and many others.

I believe that I have learned to articulate this information in the clearest way it has ever been articulated.

If, for any reason, you attend the webinars and attempt the assignments but don't get everything I have promised here, I'll refund your tuition in full. No hassles, no guilt! I want you to be satisfied and succeed, whatever it takes.

How Much Will This Cost? How Do I Sign Up?

I’m willing to share these essential story-growing processes with you for just $97.

How to sign up for the course:

  1. Add this product to your cart (using the "Add to Cart" button at the lower right), then follow the prompts for checking out.
  2. WIthin a day or two, I'll send you instructions for logging in to the course website and for retrieving your video files.

Yours in storytelling,