John and Leslie approach story differently from all the other story people. There’s no three-act structure. There’s no rising and falling action. Instead, the Truby method goes much deeper, focusing on the moral choices of the characters and the impacts of those choices on everyone. His first book, The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller is a bestseller–and I have my own dog-eared copy on my desk at all times.
Over the past 25 years, more than 40,000 people (including me!) have attended John’s sold-out Writers’ Studio seminars around the world. He’s been a story consultant for major studios and a script doctor on more than 1800 movies, sitcoms and television dramas from Sony Pictures, HBO, Paramount, BBC, and more.
I’m so completely thrilled to have both John and Leslie here. Both of them have literally changed my life. Thank you, John and Leslie! (Note: John Truby is answering these questions, but Leslie’s input is in them, as well!)