Become a Master of Story

Your journey to success with story begins here, with the most contemporary and advanced understanding of how stories work available anywhere on the planet today.

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From Passionate Amateur...

You love writing. You love stories. You would SO love to be published. Produced. Known for your stories.

There are three steps you must take that will set you apart on the basis of quality and professionalism: 

  1. Master the craft so your story sings, grips and engages. Your story must be the best it can possibly be. 

  2. Work, organise and present yourself as a professional. Live that life.

  3. Package and present your material in the perfect form so the industry yums it up

Three steps to mastering your craft. And to make all the sales and marketing stuff less painful for you, it is all done using your superpower: Storytelling.  

Your spirit guide

Your journey. Your plan.

Becoming a member of the DreamEngine brings you endless and ongoing resources to make you a master of story and a professional in your own right. Most of these are 10-20 minute videos that you can absorb and rewatch as much as you like to gain complete mastery. Below are a few examples of the kind of fascinating and life-changing knowledge that awaits you. 

Master the Craft1

What is a story? Why do stories exist? 

Your mind is made from narrative. Life events are narrative. Everything you know only has meaning in a narrative context. In this first series of videos, using entertaining examples from stories and film clips, we get to understand linguistics and how stories trigger the mental reflexes we use to make memories

If you happen to be in advertising or politics you will learn how stories can be crafted in slightly more insidious ways to plant memories we didn't know we had, too...

You will understand in simple, intuitive terms why and how stories are made from evolutionary basics.

Brain Gears

Master the Craft2

Knowledge Gaps and Subtext

Using clips and short films, we learn the basic substance of story and how to use it. The author encodes knowledge gaps into the narrative. Gaps in knowledge are an evolutionary alarm signal for risk, so we become engaged and take ownership of the narrative the moment there is a gap to fill. The receiver decodes by providing the knowledge that goes into the gap from their own knowledge and experience. 

Did you instinctively create a narrative progression from the static image, below? This is what we do. All the time.

Using clips, short films and interactive examples, the light begin to shine on the critical role that narrative plays in how our mind works, and exactly how every story gets its power to make you love it, take ownership and feel gripped.  


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Common Story Dynamics

To make our understanding of the substance of every story clear, we now look at the knowledge gap characteristics of the most common story dynamics. Conflict, Morality, The Major Dramatic Arc, Comedy, Aristotle's Principles and much more. All become clear and usable through clips, examples and interactive exercises. 

Breaking Bad

Master the Craft4

Character Actions

Characters are, of course, central to everything in story. You HAVE to understand character to understand story. This set of videos focusses on motivation, protagonism, antagonism, morality, meaningful conflict, inner and outer arcs, character growth and the six questions you should ask of each of your characters. 

 We also find out how it is that plot and character... follow me carefully now... are one and the same thing... Once you understand that, your story takes on a whole new dimension.


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Ultimate Power - The Storification Dynamic

The author frames and orientates the audience, the characters take their actions in real-time in the story world, the receiver interprets a narrative, fills the gaps with subtext and creates meaning in mind through storification

Storification is the secret. It sounds complicated, but by using childrens' stories, short films and lots of well-known story examples you will fully understand how it works. From here we start to think about using this ultimate power dynamic to make a story development process based on genuine knowledge of where the power in any particular story lies.  

Note how this differs from traditional story theory. Instead of talking about key questions and turning points and spirit guides, we are recognising that the power of a story lies in what it means to the receiver. The psychology in the conversation between an author and a receiver. That is a story's real powerbase... and it is crafted into place by the skill of the author. 


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From Story Seed to Silver Screen

Follow the documented creation of my film story, Bella, I take you on the full story development process, from the first seed of the idea to the final glorious production. You will see the original idea, the development of the step outline, the final script coming to life. You will gain EXCLUSIVE access to the finished film itself and you will get a FREE book containing the step outline and developers' notes.

I will be doing the same thing for further projects, including writing a novel online and developing a feature film, entitled Mayakin, from first principles to a London Premiere on the silver screen. You will get to ride along the whole way and you may even be able to contribute or win a prize, such as to be an extra in the film or attend the premiere. Exciting stuff, right?! 

Bella Cover

Master the Craft7

Wearing the Salesman's Hat

Creatives are notoriously bad at selling themselves and their products. In this session, we will use our superpower - storytelling - and our knowledge of where the power of a story lies, to create powerful marketing capability in the way we package and sell ourselves and our products. 

You. Are turning pro. 

Rocket Sales

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We're in This Together

There will be opportunities to get involved in real-time sessions of various types. For example:

Each month you will have the opportunity to join me on a live Q&A to discuss all things story and writing. I look forward to getting to know you and answering any questions you have. 

There will be giveaways and competitions with prizes including seats a a premiere, visits to a film set, free books and resources, and much more. 

I look forward to welcoming you to my inner circle, and to developing your career together.

let's get you and your stories on to that red carpet.


David Red Carpet Santa Monica

Come on a journey to get yourself PUBLISHED. 

You ARE publishable. You just have to learn how to work with the industry. These seven habits are the key differentiators that set a publishable author apart from the crowd. 

Get this: I guarantee you will get a publishing deal if you do my training and complete a full-length book. It's my personal promise. 

Begin your journey to get the future you choose.



Cheryl Neve
Cheryl Neve Writer/Director
David has been invaluable in my story development. He has improved my screenwriting immensely, and has given me the tools I need to write the best possible stories.
Mark Halliley
Mark Halliley Scriptwriter
We cannot recommend David highly enough. His insights and expertise have been invaluable, helping us get our script to the point where we’ve sold the option and look forward to full production.
Alex Marx
Alex Marx Writer
Story is based on the psychology in the conversation between an author and an audience. David brings the world genuinely new tools and methods that give you an objective and measurable understanding of how good your story is and clarity in how to improve it. Highly recommended.

Your Benefits Summary

Become a Master of Story

Without a story you have nothing. and without learning how to tell it well, you have no career. 

Story is about the conversation between an author and a receiver. What you get here is simply the most advanced, contemporary, powerful and important understanding of story available anywhere on the planet today. 

Development Tools and Methods

It's not all theory. You get a comprehensive and practical story development process that works for any and every story, in every medium, duration, genre, format... This is not a clever trick or formula. This is built on the mental reflexes we use to make memories and the unavoidable principles beneath EVERY story. 

You. Are Turning Pro.

For storytellers, the clever marketing trick is to make the business executive the hero of your story. By understanding their life, motivation and working practices you can use their needs to package and sell yourself and your story. You do their job for them, and in ways that make it a no-brainer for them take you on. 

Talk to David

As a member of the group, there are many added benefits, including a monthly Q&A with David at which you can ask all the questions you like. 

There are also prizes, freebies, giveaways, surprises, and much, much more... 

The 7 Habits of Writers Who Get Published

Seven solid gold courses for authors.  

  • Set yourself apart from the competition: Professionalism, Productivity, Self-confidence and Quality.

  • Skills for a writer's life: Become a Master of Story.

  • Skills for a writer's life: The Story Development Process.

  • Deal with the industry as an equal, not as a puppet. Don't forget: If you have a great story, They Are Desperate to Find You! 

  • Skills for ALL your life: An entire course on Marketing Using Story

  • AND THREE MORE! (But you haven't watched part 2 yet!)

  • EARN MONEY from your stories. Imagine that!  

PLUS I will send you a FREE eBook of my 5-Star rated: Story Theory - The Connection Between Mind and Narrative.

PLUS: Get this for value: I have been paid £1500 to deliver this material 'live'. Today, for you, all seven courses are just £149. 

Hold on... That's a 92.5% Discount.

£149 to change your life and make your future? A pretty small investment if you are serious about your writing career. 

£149 £1500

Annual Subscription

(One Year Membership of the DreamEngine)


This price is exclusive to my FIRST 100 customers ONLY! 

Grab it now before the price goes up!  


  • How long must I sign up for?
    • You are signing up for a month, with ongoing months for as long as you please. 

      You can leave anytime with no penalties or problems, so why not try it out for a month? See how we get along.  

  • Can I get published or produced through you seeing my work?
    • Well, it's not impossible! I am MD of DreamEngine Publishing, and have given publishing deals to authors in the past and I have also brokered contact between aspiring writers, producers, agents and so on. It is, after all, all about who you know. 

      Some of the prizes involve attending an event with me, and of course you could opt to work with my companies, for example, to put a film production crew around your work, create a marketing package together or get you some story consultancy. We can talk in the Q&A every month to discuss what might be possible.   

  • Can I ask you to work with me on my story or with my team?
    • Yes. On a short film, I charge £500. It's a lot more on a full-length production or series, of course, but let's chat and see what we can do. 

      Get in touch via the Story Consultancy or Live Seminars page, where you will find the option to schedule a call. 

      Alternatively, I am represented by Olav Wyper at SMA Talent in the UK. Contact him using the details below: 

      Olav Wyper:
      Tel: +44 (0)1379 586734

  • Will I get to meet you if I join up?
    • Yes. I hold a monthly Q&A with members, so you can talk to me, meet with other like-minded creatives and ask me whatever you like! 

      There will also be opportunities to get involved, for example in the Enter the Pitch story competition (for which I am the story consultant and host a residential weekend) or to win a prize that will result in our attending the same premiere or seminar or some such event. 

  • Can I get a discount?
    • I love nothing more than sharing my knowledge, and I would hate to think anyone is excluded.

      There will always be discounts for anyone who needs them. Don't be shy! I want to help. Get in touch via the contact area and let's make it work for everyone.  



Remember, this exclusive offer is available only until the final videos are up! 

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