The Anatomy of Story • Last activity 07/May

Small group of writers dedicated to mastering the craft of storytelling set forth in John Truby's 22 principles of storycraft.  Goal is twofold: (a) to collaborate on achieving breakthroughs for works in progress, helping each other "dig out the gold that's buried in the idea"; and (b) to codify practices and/or exercises based on Truby's 22 principles that will help fellow writers master the art of telling a great story.

Critiques will be honest, constructive and supportive. Collaboration is key: no great work comes into being alone.



Book-length works (Literary, Upmarket, Relationship fiction (sometimes called Women’s Fiction), Historical fiction, Low magic/fantasy, Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Crime, and Thriller, Romance, Memoir, Narrative nonfiction)


apply John Truby's principles of storycraft to take a strong draft of a novel or short story to the next level.

Admissions Policies

up to 2500 a week, with submission frequency up to the writer.

What we're looking for in members

writers who have a novel sketched out or first-drafted who are interested in using Truby's methods to improve the work. (Buy or steal a copy of The Anatomy of Story). Agree to submit, critique, discuss and share experiences

Inactivity Policy

more to come