EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE GREAT STORY
(And sometimes we have even more.)
MICHAEL BURNS - WRITING COACH, AUTHOR, FILM MAKER, TEACHER
I am a university teacher, writing coach, film maker, editor, and storyteller. I have a B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.S. from UMass Amherst, and hold a Ph.D. in documentary film history from the University of Birmingham in the UK. I have directed five films for international television and my work has been seen in over twenty countries. I am also the founder, director, and curator of Tall Tales, India’s longest-running, true storytelling event series that features live performances and writing workshops of all kinds. I live in the US for six months each year and the other six in India.
My strongest skill is understanding what separates ordinary stories from unforgettable ones. Whether it's details about your characters, plot, story question, obstacles, or reveal, my specialty is working with you to preserve your core idea but to shape and add to it in order to make it grab readers and never let them go.
I also put a strong emphasis on helping writers to grasp what a story fundamentally is while detailing the particulars of the universal story structure that link all stories no matter what their final form may be. Once mastered, these tools open up infinite and profoundly meaningful story opportunities.
I offer a wide range of writing coaching services to aspiring and established authors as well as organizations. Prices vary depending on the type of editing you need done. Simply email me here for more details or to get started.
I also do workshops and mid/long term trainings for organizations and companies looking to hone their storytelling skills. Today, it's not enough to present your ideas. You have to be able to tell a story that moves your audience to action. Message me to tell me more about what you're looking for, whether it's writing, oral presenting skills, or a deeper understanding of memorable storytelling. If I don't already have a program or workshop that meets your needs, I'll design a custom one.