How AI Will Change the Way We Write, Read, and Think

Writing compelling and meaningful stories with artificial intelligence.

How AI Will Change the Way We Write, Read, and Think
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Learn and put into practice a proven story framework that works every time, from a story consultant who's worked with Disney, Dreamworks, and Netflix.

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        This is such a powerful tool...the best is that it demands you put in deep thought. No surface-level 12 steps for Heroes here. I'm blown away...blown. away. I also don't think I actually exist anymore. This is all The Matrix.
John Dusenberry
John Dusenberry
Head of Story (Warner Bros. Animation)
        So often, writing a script made me feel like being up Sh** Creek without the proverbial paddle...when I was ready to throw the paddle overboard and scuttle the boat, who came rowing through that turgid brown water?… Sh** Creek’s resident paddle expert, Jim Hull
David Collard
David Collard
Screenwriter (Blacklist 2020)
        After working with Jim, I'm now in a spot where I'm doing exactly what I've always wanted to do in my life-create stories, make shows and series, collaborate and compose with other people, and I believe I can go on and make a good living from it.
Daniel Williams
Daniel Williams
Award-winning Audio Drama Writer-producer.
        Jim Hull is the only story consultant I’ve ever met who goes beyond dumbing down an idea into a set of steps but instead guides you to flesh out your ideas, showing you where to find the depth and complexity in your story that will make it both satisfying and meaningful to the reader.
Sebastien de Castell
Sebastien de Castell
Bestselling author of twelve novels including Traitor’s Blade and Spellslinger
        Your know-how, your professionalism and your creativity really helped getting the project to a new level. Honestly, my story would be so much poorer if not for your help. Thanks to working with Jim, I sold 4 novels, with the first scheduled for a 2022 release.
Cearnach Grimm
Cearnach Grimm
4x Published Novelist
        Working with this method has leveled up my writing across the board, from story structure skills, to the depth of my characters, and insight into the intricacies that make a story compelling. I'm able to start with a more profound and intimate psychological viewpoint, and spend less time fixing holes and flaws in revision.
Wendy Terrien
Wendy Terrien
International bestselling author
        I've started writing! And to know where I am, and where to go next, is so awesome! I've been worried about the writing process, how it would be affected by the framework. But so far, the Storybeats feel like playgrounds where the creativity can unfold and explode. It's so liberating! Love it!
Angela Hagen
Angela Hagen
1st Time Novelist
        Maybe you’re like me, you wanted to know how to unearth that complete version of the story you desperately needed to tell...and once you found such a guru, you’d never share your secret with anyone! If that’s what you seek, Jim Hull is absolutely NOT your guy. Try McKee or that Hero’s Journey thing!
Jason Loftus
Jason Loftus
Peabody Award-winning filmmaker, director of Ask No Questions (Slamdance 2020)
        The outlining method Jim teaches starts from meaning and builds everything about the story out from there. Jim has taken the incredibly insightful Dramatica Theory of Story and found a way to make it very practical, so you're not stuck theorizing, but can make the link between theory and practice.
Georgina Perry
Georgina Perry
        I really admire how you teach. You make room for our perspectives and allow us to explore where we may be right and where our train of thought may be off in the wrong direction. It’s a great learning environment to be in, and I’m thankful for how much I’m learning and growing.
Dan Bernitt
Dan Bernitt

Who is this course for


Creative storytellers (screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, etc.) who feel stuck when it comes to finishing their stories.


Anyone who recognizes that a story has the power to transform the hearts and minds of people all over the world.


Artists who believe that leveraging cutting-edge tech maximizes and accelerates one's ability for self-expression.

Topics covered

In-depth analysis of well-known stories

You'll learn the specific strategies used by the most successful writers to write meaningful and lasting stories.

Writing lasting conflict

Discover how to maintain tension from beginning to end, and keep it from dying in the middle of the Second Act.

Leverage AI for Inspiration

Find out how to leverage artificial intelligence in a way that works with your intuition, not against it.

Turn writing a story into a game

Finishing an Act is like completing a level. We'll give you the cheat codes that guarantee follow-through. 😈

Meet your instructor


As a story consultant I helped develop the Disney animated series Tangled, consulted on Over the Moon and The Mitchells vs. The Machines for Netflix, and worked with several other novelists and screenwriters with their individual projects (Avatar: The Last Airbender's Mike DiMartino, Sebastien de Castell's popular book series, and Dave Collard's Blacklist 2020 spec script (#3), Neither Confirm, Nor Deny).

I'll share with you what I've learned working with these professionals to save time getting your first draft right the first time.

With over 25 years of experience in the animation industry as an animator, storyboard artist, and director, I know how important it is to get the story working as soon as possible.

My credits include writing & storyboarding for the legendary Warner Bros. director Chuck Jones, animating on at least 15 films for Disney and Dreamworks (Tarzan and Enchanted, Shrek 2, and How to Train Your Dragon), and directing for Sony Pictures Television and Dreamworks TV.

Course syllabus


Week 1: Getting to Know Your Story

First, you'll get to know your story by appreciating it as a unique and definitive personality--almost as if it is its own person (it is). By understanding the "Genre" of your work, you'll start to lay the foundation for a balanced and complete narrative structure.


Week 2: The Theme-Driven Story

Robert Towne, the screenwriter of Chinatown once said that "A movie is really only four or five moments between two people." In this next workshop, you'll learn how the greatest stories pit two points-of-view against one another to create lasting and meaningful conflict. Getting this right is the answer to your 2nd Act blues.


Week 3: Characters: Messengers of Meaning

Characters are not real people; they're vessels for carrying challenging points-of-view. Tying these perspectives to your artistic intention is KEY towards developing a strong foundation for your story. In this module, we'll start making choices that lead to shaping your story's unique narrative structure.


Week 4: Premise: The Intersection of Character and Plot

Some profess a difference between "character-driven" stories and "plot-driven" stories. The reality is that stories are a combination of both--you just need to know where to look. Choose the right inflection points to create a meaningful premise, and your story structure is ready to go.


Week 5: Outlining a Story with AI

Time to write. Want help outlining your story in a fun and meaningful way? There's an app for that. By combining GPT-3 artificial intelligence with a unique predictive narrative framework, we'll learn a quick, effortless, and fun way to plan out your entire story from beginning to end.


Week 6: Writing Meaningful Scenes with AI

With your meaningful outline in hand, writing your story scene-by-scene becomes just as much fun as playing your favorite game. That AI/narrative combo? Even more fun when you get into sequences and scenes.

Writing the 2nd Act becomes a breeze once you integrate the patterns & rhythms of narrative with the chaotic serendipity of AI assistance.

A sneak peek at what you'll be learning

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts
Active learning, not passive watching

This course focuses on async workshops and hands-on exercises. You'll learn by doing.

Gain a new support system

We're all in this together. You'll be part of a community that can lean on each other and Jim for support during and after the course.

Receive real-time feedback

Real-tme feedback is one of the best ways to learn — and you'll get a lot of it in this course. We're here to help each other improve and grow in a positive, constructive way.

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$1200 USD

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