Bill Johnson is author of A Story is a Promise and The Spirit of Storytelling, a writing workbook, and web master of Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing, a site that explores principles of storytelling through reviews of popular movies, books and plays (www.storyispromise.com). He's taught writing workshops around the U.S. He has read manuscript submissions for literary agents. His afterlife play, The Baggage Handler, was chosen as one of the best ten minute plays and published by Smith and Kraus. Bill is currently office manager for Willamette Writers, a Pacific Northwest non-profit writing group with 1,600 members.
Where to find Bill Johnson online
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VideosTwillight: Question, Answer, Question
Bill Johnson speaks about the process that successful authors use to engage and draw in readers, a process he call question, answer, question.
Deep Characterization explores the difference between characters created to act out a story for an audience and characters created to act out a writer's internal dramas. A story written for an audience is a promise to take that audience on a story journey; a story written for the writer's own needs is a promise to transport him or her to the fulfillment of personal needs.
A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling
A Story is a Promise offers new writers a way to study and understand how popular novels become so successful.
For writers considering self-publishing, it offers techniques for revising a manuscript to achieve its full potential.
This is the book agents recommend to their authors.
The Spirit of Storytelling explores how the great storytellers create characters with deeply realized inner lives.