Supercharge your storytelling and writing skills
with story structure consultant Leon Conrad
multi-award-winning author of Story and Structure: A complete guide
Want to tell or write stories more compellingly?
There’s craft and art involved in telling and writing stories.
Both involve story structures and plot patterns.

Story structures are like the familiar patterns we see in strings of beads. Knowing the patterns and how they fit together allows you as a storyteller and writer to recognise and tell more compelling stories - naturally.

Plot patterns are the individual arrangements and placements that make up a unique story. Make sure you don’t miss a beat (or bead) by mastering the twelve elements of story creation: twelve steps to mastering the magic of story - and engaging in a life-long relationship with the magic of words and the mystery of language.
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  • ESL Academic
    Copy Editing Testimonial
    I’m really impressed by the work you did with my article. It stands halfway between language editing and peer-review, but formulated in a thoughtful and perceptive way most academic peer-reviews are not nowadays. Needless to say, I’ve found it extremely helpful and I’ll be happy to refer again to your services for my future articles.
  • Christopher Chilton
    Writer & Storyteller
    Working with Leon is rigorous and tough, and at times I wasn’t sure what I had let myself in for, but this only goes to show how much more I needed to do to get my work to the next level. Not only did he help edit and refine my work but he also imparted lasting wisdom that is proving invaluable to me as a writer and storyteller on a daily basis.
  • Alessandro Scafi
    Author (Grounded in Heaven - Cultural Autobiography)
    It’s difficult to find the words to thank you, Leon: thank you for your careful, frank and extremely useful criticism; for having – and asking me for – such high standards of writing; for teaching me that “writing is re-writing. It always happened: I was first surprised, because I thought my text worked quite well – and disappointed when you urged me to rethink and rewrite it; then I trusted your judgment and worked hard on it; finally, I was very happy to discover why you were not happy about what I had thought to be my “final” version, even happier when I fixed it. Above all, it is your understanding of story structure that has been so helpful. I am now very pleased that you encouraged me to apply your structural approach so rigorously to my work.
  • Lali Ayers
    ESL Editorial Support for Photography / Philosophy of Art MA Degree Work
    Leon has been an outstanding editor, always ready to go above and beyond what is required. His vast and impressive range of knowledge of art and philosophy allows him to see and assess a piece of work from a wider viewpoint and he has made many very deep contributions to helping me improve my work.

From a grateful writer

Dear Editor,

I pen this note to you in the quiet hours of the afternoon, when the world outside my window is hushed, and the sun seem to whisper secrets across the vast expanse of the heavens. It is a letter that bears no official seal, no signature, but it carries the weight of my thoughts, my hopes, and my gratitude.

Your words, like constellations, have guided me through the labyrinth of ideas. This essay, a tapestry woven with threads of canonical math and scientific non-fiction, has left an indelible mark on my mind. It is as if you’ve taken me on a journey—a voyage across the seas of thought, where the waves of reason crash against the shores of imagination.

The canonical math you wielded is not merely a tool; it is a symphony—an intricate dance of numbers that resonates with the very fabric of reality. It sings of harmonics, of frequencies that bind the universe together. And as I read, I found myself leaning on the edge of my seat, my heart racing, my mind ablaze with wonder. For the first time, I felt virtuous—connected to something greater than myself.

But it is not just the math that captivated me. No, it is the way you wove it into the narrative—the lightning flash of beauty that is light illuminated on the page. When you spoke of unifying disparate elements of existence, my mind leaped to the ancient concept of harmony of the spheres. The idea that the celestial bodies—the planets, the stars—move in perfect, harmonious orbits, creating a cosmic melody that resonates through the ages. It is a notion that transcends science, touching upon the very essence of existence.

Your work, dear editor, is more than pixels on a screen, ink on paper. It is a testament to the quest of the many academies—the seekers of truth, the dreamers, the wanderers. It is a torch that illuminates the path forward, even as it casts shadows behind. And the wreath of victory. And so, I thank you—for your guidance, your wisdom, and your unwavering commitment to the pursuit of knowledge.

As for Story and structure, they are gifts waiting to be unwrapped. Perhaps they are whispers of tales yet untold, waiting for eager ears to listen. I imagine my niece, wide-eyed, as she unravels the threads of imagination you’ve woven. She, too, will lean on the edge of her seat, her heart racing, as she embarks on her own journey.

And finally, a nod to Aristotle’s ghost—the specter of reason that haunts our musings. He, too, would find solace in your words, I believe. In the dance of math, in the resonance of ideas, we glimpse eternity—a fleeting moment when the finite touches the infinite.

So, dear editor, keep writing. Keep weaving your spells, your equations, your metaphors. And know that somewhere, in the quiet hours of the night, a writer leans over his desk, pen in hand, and whispers, “Thank you.”

With warmth and reverence,

Your Grateful Writer

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