With a breathtakingly simple and yet profound handful of symbols, Conrad has created a flexible and precise system for analyzing the inner structure of stories. With this lens he lays bare the absolute essence of all the imaginable story forms, from fairy tales and quest stories to tragedies, riddles and koans. It's a powerful tool for storytellers and scholars and will change forever how you view the simple but profound act of saying "Once upon a time.."
Christopher Vogler, Author of The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
Winner Book of the Year Award Informational Nonfiction Award Winner
Leon Conrad takes readers around the world to look at eighteen distinct story structures – from Quest to Tricksters, from Rags-to-Riches to Death-and-Rebirth. The idea that stories can be mapped using six symbols is fascinating. Yes, there are rules and laws that govern every story that’s ever been told. Anyone who loves to read stories – or loves to write them – will find much to learn and amuse in STORY AND STRUCTURE
Lisa See, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
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Firebird Book Award Winner 2022
New Nonfiction Category
A scholarly and intricately detailed analysis of the writing process
Conrad spent years doing the heavy lifting of studying classic texts from around the world and pulling out the narrative and structural rules that any writer needs to know. Buy this book, read it, study it and write better stories inspired by the classic themes and structures.
extraordinary book ... twenty-two detailed chapters ... a simple and easy-to-understand visualization of story structures Leon Conrad is passionate about stories ... He effortlessly depicts the link between stories and life. His dedication ... is evident. Nobody can deny that the book is well-researched. The way Conrad uses story structures to analyze poetic forms ... is admirable. One of my favorite chapters in this book would be the one on tragedy ... Conrad includes three original stories in this section. Though short, the stories rang a bell for me. This is a testament to Conrad’s talent as an author. I would love to read some of his fiction stories. ... an enlightening read ... bound to teach you a lot about stories and life. The thought-provoking illustrations by Jason Chuang add a special edge to this special book. I highly recommend Leon Conrad’s book to writers and academics. Overall rating: 5 out of 5