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A Story Is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling. Copyright © 2011 and Copyright ©2013 and Copyright 2014 by Bill Johnson. All rights reserved.

Published by

Blue Haven Publishing

Willamette Writers House

2108 Buck St

West Linn, OR 97068

Book Design: Bill Johnson

Cover Design and Photograph: Nancy Hill

Fifth Edition

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ISBN 978-0-9673932-7-8

Johnson, Bill

A Story Is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling/ by

Bill Johnson — 5th ed.

Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-9673932-7-8

1. How-to 2. Story Writing

I. Title


This book is dedicated to

Elizabeth Lyon, a true friend and

Monty Metawa, who understands much

This book is designed to guide writers toward a new understanding of the process of creating and writing dramatic stories.

Section One explores…

How a story functions like a promise

How to fulfill a story’s promise to its audience

Section Two explores how a story’s elements are designed, including…

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