Bill Johnson

Biography

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 was office manager for Willamette Writers, a Pacific Northwest non-profit writing group, until September 2016. He has taught an online workshop through Pennwriters.

Smashwords Interview

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Where to buy in print

Videos

A Story is a Promise
Bill Johnson speaks about the craft of storytelling and how a story 'transports' an audience.

Books

Reading To Write, a Novel Way to Write a Novel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,440. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015. Categories: Essay » Literature, Fiction » Educational
In his writing workbook A Story is a Promise, Bill Johnson teaches the mechanics of how to tell a story. The foundation of that process is that a story creates movement and the movement transports the audience. That is the intent of the storyteller, to transport his or her audience. Now, in Reading To Write, a Novel Way to Write a Novel, he uses detailed reviews of the opening pages of popular no
Kernels to Storytelling Mastery
Price: Free! Words: 53,390. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Action Adventure, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Bill Johnson reviews popular movies like Groundhog Day, Lethal Weapon, and Die Hard to set out principles of storytelling. Go the movies to learn how to write a screenplay!
The Combat Poets of Maya
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 47,420. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The Combat Poets of Maya have had enough of the MiliTechs, bureaucrats genetically designed to manage the poets' chaotic lives. When the bureaucrats try to use an alien poet to force the combat poets to accept living under their control, the poets enlist the aid of a female warrior to set in motion a daring plan that will permanently end the reign of the bureaucrats.
Mastering Story Structure - A guide for writing unforgettable plays
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,110. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Nonfiction » Publishing » Playwriting
Bill Johnson uses reviews of Romeo and Juliet, The Heidi Chronicles, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, and The Iceman Cometh to teach the art and craft of writing powerful plays. Using this guide, you'll be able to learn about writing plays from masters of the craft.
Deep Characterization
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,000. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
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
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 65,890. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A Story is a Promise offers writers a way to understand how popular novels, movies, and plays became successful. For writers considering self-publishing, this writing workbook offers techniques for revising a manuscript to achieve its full potential. Author Bill Johnson has taught writing workshops around the United States. His plays have been produced in the US, Mexico, and England.