How to Grow a Story: the Three Essential Processes (now with free coaching!)

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

How to Grow a Story: the Three Essential Processes (now with free coaching!)


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Saturday, October 5 was the last day to register!

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Are you in luck?

If your schedule lets you attend any of three time-slots (for a total of 8 sessions between now and January), you can learn how to grow stories: to develop your natural abilities in creating, learning, practicing and performing stories.

And, if you register by Saturday, October 5, you’ll get 2 hours of free, individual coaching to use during the course or after, at your convenience! (You’ll also have the option of paying the course tuition over 7 months, with no additional fee.)

(In New York time, your section choices meet at

  1. Mondays at 8 am; or

  2. Tuesdays at 2 pm; or

  3. Thursdays at 8 pm).

Each section will meet a total of 8 times between now and the first week of January,

Check out the exact days and times of the three sections in various time zones for this course, as well as the two last-minute offers:

  1. $390 worth of free, individual coaching—and

  2. The option of a no-interest payment plan (just $47 now and $50 per month for 7 months:

A Unique, 8-Session 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.

It distances you from your listeners, increasing performance anxiety. It makes you rely too much on memorizing, increasing the fear of forgetting. It makes it harder to "practice,” increasing both procrastination and a growing sense of desperation.

Growing a Story

The story-growing process, on the other hand, automatically 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 accelerate them! That’s what I do in this 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. Eight 90-minute, live online sessions, starting next week (the week of October 7, 2019) and ending in January, 2020.

  2. Four of the 90-minute sessions are “Lessons,” in which I present fundamental story-growing processes along with key ways to implement them easily and effectively. You’ll have a chance to ask questions from time to time as each Lesson goes along.

  3. Each lesson also includes concrete ways to apply what you learned (story techniques to try out, or useful exercises to experiment with). I believe information alone is incomplete, unless you also get a supportive place to try it all out—and to get supportive feedback from me and your fellow students!

  4. The other four sessions are “Coaching/Question-and-Answer sessions.” These 90-minute sessions help you with any questions you may have about the content or the exercises—or anything else related to the course topic. I will coach two or three people on their stories as part of each of these sessions, as well as giving in-depth answers to questions—and whatever additional help you might need.

  5. The schedule is relaxed, with every third week off (approximately), for you to catch up:

    • During the first week of the course, you’ll attend a lesson. These participatory sessions expose you to great information about the Story-Growing processes. They will also include assignments for you to try out.
      (There will be multiple sections each week, so you can find a day and time that works for you and your time zone. You’ll even be able to attend different sections on different weeks, if that’s what your schedule requires. See “When Will This Course Meet,” below.)

    • During the second week, you’ll attend a “Coaching/Question-and-Answer session.”
      (This is another chance to ask questions, to get help with the assignments, to be coached or to watch me coach others.)

    • During the third week, there will be NO event. You can spend this week catching up with the exercises, trying out stories on your own—or just living your ordinary life!

    • This 3-week cycle will continue for a total of 12 weeks (not counting time off for the U.S. Thanksgiving week—November 21 through Dec 1—and for the winter holidays): during the fourth week we’ll have a lesson; during the fifth, a coaching/q&a call; then another week off, etc. We should be done by the end of January. (Unless we need to set a makeup session, we’ll be done the week of January 6!).

    • Check out the actual schedule!

  6. You’ll also have access to the private course website, where the video and audio recordings of each lesson and coaching call will be posted after they happen. Here’s where you’ll also be able to ask additional questions, post your assignments, comment on other people’s postings, etc. This way, you can put what you learn into practice, right away.

  7. The website will include all the files for the course—including the video (and audio-only) recordings of every live session. You’ll be able to download any or all of the files to watch or listen to, even when you’re away from the internet. You’ll also have access to the slides I use during the sessions, in case you want to study them with the audio recording, or later.

  8. If you choose, you’ll be able to comment on the Assignments of others. After all, one of the best ways of learning is to pass your learning on to someone else!

  9. Best of all, you will have unlimited access to the course website, even after the 12 weeks are over!


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, scientists, 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 classes 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 Will This Course Be Presented? 

For the eight online meetings, we’ll use, a simple-to-use software that lets you see your other classmates as well as the graphics I’ll use to emphasize concepts and processes.

You can join via computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can even join via computer audio or telephone alone. (Need to join by phone from outside the U.S.? Worried about toll calls? Good news: Zoom has local numbers in over 90 countries!)

The assignments, forums, and files will be available 24/7 on the course website; when fall arrives, I’ll send links for the private course website to all who have registered.

When Will This Course Meet?

The course will start the week of October 7, 2019, and end in January, 2020.

We’ll have multiple sections, (see the actual section times!) scheduled so that at least one section will be during waking hours in every time zone in the world. No matter where you live, there will be one or more choices for joining in.

What Does All This Cost?

The course includes the eight 90-minute meetings, the recordings, your posted assignments that I and other course members will respond to, the interactive course website (with lifetime access)—not to mention the cutting-edge approach to learning stories quickly and easily.

This is a bargain, I believe, at $397. That's just $49 per meeting, not even counting the value of the course website and your lifetime access to it—nor of your free $390 worth of individual coaching!

If you care about how to learn, practice and tell stories of any kind, this course will advance your knowledge and your skills in new ways.

Essential Story-Growing Processes

I’m willing to share these essential story-growing processes with you for just $397. You even have the option of a no-extra-charge payment plan! (To register using the payment plan, use the form at the bottom of this page: )

How to sign up for the course:

Add this product to your cart using the "Add to Cart" button in the black rectangle above,
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To register to pay in monthly payments, click this link!

Yours in storytelling,