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StoryBeat is a lively podcast dedicated to a variety of storytellers discussing their unique process in creating art through storytelling. By listening to how successful creators develop and bring their work to life, writers and artists of all kinds are able to find great inspiration. StoryBeat focuses more on the “how” and “why” of creation rather than finished results, providing insight into the working world of storytellers and storytelling in all forms of artistic expression …

Beating Hollywood

What do The Graduate, The Shawshank Redemption, and It’s a Wonderful Life have in common? Aren't their stories, characters, and images forever imprinted on your mind? Can you immediately recall how you felt when watching them? Telling a good story is one thing, but how does one even begin to create an unforgettable film?

Beating Hollywood examines, piece by piece, how writers, directors, and producers put together extraordinary movies by breaking down 40 classics by their narrative beats, plot points, and movements to uncover how the magic was made.



The popularity of musicals has reached an all-time high leading to the development of numerous original shows. In this comprehensive new guide, Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations, written by veteran storyteller and successful creator of musicals Steve Cuden, readers learn how the plots and stories behind musicals are developed and honed. With a breezy, lighthearted approach, creators at all levels are provided key advice for building winning musical stories. Beating Broadway offers writers the know-how and encouragement to construct brilliant, attention-grabbing musical storylines.

Beating Broadway provides readers with practical, down-to-earth advice for crafting successful musical theater stories that will reach audiences everywhere. This complete, two-part manual also guides aspiring writers in what it takes to develop shows that can attract Broadway producers.