Seven Day Storymaking Adventure

James Bonnet’s

Seven Day Storymaking

Workshop for

Screenwriters and Novelists

in Los Angeles


Santa Monica Workshops 2011-2013

Santa Monica Workshops

September 7-13, 2019

One-on-one with James Bonnet for seven days in the beautiful beach city of Santa Monica. Start a new project, develop a work-in-progress, take your story to the next level. Master the art of your novel or screenplay through an understanding of story.

Whether you are a professional or first-time screenwriter or novelist, this state-of-the-art storymaking workshop and private one-on-one sessions with James Bonnet in Santa Monica, which are modeled on the popular and successful workshop retreats in Nans Sous Sainte Anne, France, will give you the tools you need to create successful stories. Considered by many top professionals to be the leading authority and guide in all things related to story and storymaking, Bonnet will take you beyond Classical Story Structure, Three Acts, and The Hero’s Journey to a more complete understanding of the story principles you need to create story films and novels that are significant, enduring and have universal appeal.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica

As we begin our journey together developing your story, we will take an in-depth look at the essence of story – that without which there would be no story – and the hidden structures all great stories have in common. These hidden structures are intimately linked to the source of your creativity, are extremely powerful, and are the reason some great stories defy time and remain active and relevant for thousands of years and why others become classics, best-selling novels, or top grossing films.

Then as we continue our work together and fine tune your story, you will discover why there is such great power in the purity of the subject, experience how to create charismatic characters, narrative structures that will make your story truly unique, and high concept great ideas and log lines that will generate excitement and compel the right people to get involved.

So if you have a new project you want to start, one you need to finish, or anything in between, let’s meet in Santa Monica and take it to the next level.

On select evenings we will gather together to analyze an important film or book and enjoy laughter and stimulating conversations with new friends and colleagues over dinner and wine.


Hopefully you can arrive on Saturday in time to meet Bonnet and the other participants for a light supper and get-together.

A copy of the second edition of James Bonnet’s Stealing Fire from the Gods: The Complete Guide to Story for Writers and Filmmakers 
will be sent to you upon registration. The important new ideas about story in this book have been taught in university courses around the world and are having a major impact on writers in all media.

Space is limited, so don’t delay in signing up for this special opportunity.

To register click here

For more information call:    in US  (1) 310 451-5418

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Famous Santa Monica Farmers Market

Famous Santa Monica Farmers Market

“Unlocking the secrets of story reveals the secrets of the mind and awakens the power of story within you. Work with that power and you can steal fire from the gods. Master that power and you can create stories that will live forever.”

James Bonnet

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A Few Reviews

“Employing psychological theory and his own hard-won insights, James Bonnet demystifies the magic of creative storytelling. Stealing Fire from the Gods is intelligent and fascinating.” Robert Crais, New York Times Best-Selling Novelist

“My advice to aspiring writers is simple: Read this book. Go to this seminar. There are some real pearls here.” Billy Ray, Screenwriter, The Hunger GamesFlight PlanShattered Glass, Academy Award Nominee for Captain Phillips

“James Bonnet’s Workshop/Retreat is a must for every creative writer. Even for experienced authors and creative thinkers, James has a unique way of revealing the structure of the story you wish to write, and even more, revealing the essential lineaments of what Joseph Campbell called “The Monomyth.” Stephen Larsen, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, SUNY, and author of A Fire in the Mind, The Life of Joseph Campbell, and the recent award-winning: The Fundamentalist Mind: How Polarized Thinking Imperils Us All

“Challenging and provocative. Bonnet is a thoughtful and highly intelligent writer whose lifetime of experience has led him to an intriguing theory about how great stories are written.” David W. Rintels, Emmy, Writer’s Guild, and Peabody Award-winning Writer, Producer

“Anyone who is interested in structuring feelings and thoughts into words and story will find Stealing Fire stimulating and worthwhile. I recommend it.” Elliott Gould, Actor, Academy Award nominee

Stealing Fire From The Gods is a first of its kind, it gives writers a template to follow in their story creation, a GPS compass and touchstone to keep them anchored during the creative process-a book that needs to be read and reread.”Gene Hines, original Writer, Producer of Cliffhanger