Storycrafters Tiers | Novel Academy

You Can Write a Brilliant Novel

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Start with an idea... end with a publishable novel

80% of people want to write a book. 20% actually start. Only 1% finish and become CAREER Novelists.

It's time for you to launch your brilliant writing career

Storycrafters taught me how to plot a story that starts strong, stays strong, and finishes strong.

It makes the complex process of assembling a story manageable, and walks you through the process step by step, from constructing powerful scenes, to developing the kind of plot points that will make the biggest impact on the character, and the reader. Kimberly Buckner - 2014 Maggie Award winner for Single Title Contemporary Romance 2015 Emily Winner for Long Contemporary Romance

EASY, Step-by-Step Novel Building

What do you need to write a novel?

Talent? Maybe.

A Plan to get there? Absolutely!

Will you need encouragement? Probably.

How about hard work? Without a doubt.

Getting published isn't magic, it's putting your backside in the chair, rolling up your sleeves and diving in. We'll give you everything but the elbow grease.


Listen, a great novel is one that is well-structured, sweated out on the page, with proven techniques to draw the reader emotionally into the story. It's compelling characters, riveting, unique plots and tension -filled scenes wrapped up in a theme we care about.

We'll teach you not only the tricks but the tools to get the story on the page.

With an Award-Winning, Best-Selling COACH

I've coached hundreds of writers into publication, onto best-seller lists, and onto awards platforms. (Plus, in my other life I live what I teach. As a best-selling author of over 50 novels, I've won the Rita, the Christy, and the Carol award multiple times.)

Proven Methods that will show you:

Exactly how bestselling novels are designed

How to create dynamic characters

How to construct tension-filled scenes... that keep readers devouring pages

How to build sizzling dialogue

How to develop riveting plots that keep readers guessing

And once you're finished, how to sell your novel

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My Book Therapy’s Story Crafting program has been instrumental in helping me on my writing journey.

Susan May Warren has a fresh, fun and informative way of presenting story crafting that resonated with me as a new writer. I have practiced the techniques she teaches, and been successful with them. She is an engaging teacher with a heart for those who want to learn how to write compelling stories. I still use her techniques and find that my stories grow and improve with each new book. I can’t recommend her Storycrafter program highly enough. Jeanne Takenaka - 2014 Frasier Winner

Module One: Building the Writer’s Life

What do you want to write? Why? How will you accomplish this task, and really, what do you want to write? Module One sets you up for success as you lay the kindling for your journey.

Module Two: Plotting Basics

A powerful story is about a character, interacting with a theme, or story question, who embarks on a journey. Module Two helps you discover your theme and sets up your story framework, as well as introduces the basics on creating a compelling hero and heroine!

Module Three: Creating Characters

Dive deep into character creation in Module Three, digging deep to find the right character motivations and develping the essential Character change journey.

Module Four: Jumpstarting your Plot

How and where do you start your story? Module Four will help you pull all your plotting elements together into a cohesive story, cumulating in a powerful Premise. then you’ll learn how to build that powerful inciting incident, and craft your amazing first scene!

Module Five: Scene Basics

Storybuilding is all about creating powerful, tension-filled scenes! Module Five covers the different scenes and their structures, how to create storyworld, and the secret sauce to building tension for every scene!

Module Six: Scene STARTER

It’s time to get the words on the page! Learn how to HOOK your reader with 5 powerful elements essential for every scene.

Module Seven: Scene SKILLS

Dialogue. Internal Monologue. Point-of-View. Editing. Make your scene publishable with Module Seven.

Module Eight: Sell your Novel

It’s time to sell your novel! Learn how to pitch, build a premise, a query letter and a marketing plan - in other words, create a powerful proposal!

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What our published novelists have to say about Susan May Warren’s teaching:

Without a doubt, Susan May Warren's teaching on how to wow agents and editors with a skillfully crafted proposal was a mega game-changer for me.

Melissa Tagg
Melissa Tagg Multi-Published novelist of Here to Stay

If word of mouth sells, Susie May Warren will be swamped. Since working with her I’ve told author friends non-stop about Book Therapy. Passionate. Funny. And knock-down-drag-out brilliant at launching my writing to another stratosphere.

Jim Rubart
Jim Rubart, Multi-Published Author of Rooms

So many writing programs tell you what to do, but Storycrafters tells you how. You'll fill your writer's tool belt with invaluable techniques to move you closer to your publishing goal.

Rachel Hauck
Rachel Hauck, Multi-published, award-winning novelist

Storycrafters Tiers




Access to all 8 Modules Follow our 40-Step Program
Professional Feedback With Best-Selling Coach Susie May
Downloadable Learn-At-Your-Own-Pace Lessons Video and Audio Available

Workbook Starter Kit

Companion Workbook - Conversations of a Writing Coach Available in Kindle and EPUB
Writeable Workbook PDFs Chart all your characters, scenes and subplots!

Bonus Lessons

The Story Equation Mini-Course How to Plot & Write a Brilliant story from one powerful question
Build-a-Book Eleven tutorial lessons to writing your novel
Novel Proposal Sell your book today!


First Chapter Evaluation Upon Completion of the Course - $225 Value
MBT Mini-Therapy First 3 chapters (up to 10,000 words or 40 pages) read and evaluated after completion of the course - $645 Value

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About the Program

Step-by-step Lessons on how to write a novel, ~ A dedicated coach ~ A supportive writing network.

MBT is excited to present our premier, private Storycrafter’s retreat in an online coaching format.

It’s an 8 module, 40 step roadmap to discovering, creating and publishing the novel in you.

Most of all, it’s in-depth teaching of my method by me, award-winning, best-selling author, Susie May Warren. I’ve written over 40 novels, in nearly genre and I’ve been teaching people how to write for nearly a decade. Many of my authors have landed on the best-seller list and won awards. I love to coach people on their journey and I have put together a program to help you get published. Presented in both audio format for your consumption on your ipod, mp3 device or your computer, and pdfs., it is available online or you can download it into your computer and keep it forever. In other words, you consume on your terms, at your pace.

We'll cover:

  • Writer’s Life Training-Finding the time and creating discipline to write
  • The theme and Story Question of your book that will make your book worth reading
  • The Basic Plot
  • Plotting the inner journey.
  • Creating the Perfect Hero
  • Create the Perfect Heroine
  • Crafting Your Premise in Six Easy Steps!
  • The Whens, Whys and Hows of Your Inciting Incident
  • The Six Elements to Crafting your First Scene!
  • Putting It All Together: Tell yourself the Story
  • How to make a SCENE!
  • Build the elements of an Action and ReAction scene
  • Scene Flow and Point-of-View
  • Storyworld
  • The Scene Hook
  • Creating Scene Tension
  • Hero/Heroine Identification - helping your reader relate
  • Writing Emotions
  • Starting your scene in the right place
  • Let’s Talk: Dialogue!
  • How to Handle Internal Monologue
  • How to Show and not Tell
  • Editing Your Scene
  • Putting It All Together: Writing the Synopsis
  • Crafting Your PITCH
  • Create your Pitch Sheet.
  • Build Your Query Letter
  • Understanding Sample Chapters
  • Extra! Planning Your Writing Career
  • And much more!

My Book Therapy has a proven method for teaching novelists how to write their story, and with this course, it’s like having a writing coach sitting beside you, cheering you on and guiding you in the journey.

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What to expect:

I don’t have time to read a book or sit in front of my computer watching a video. Listen, we know how busy life is, and for a novelist who already has a full plate with life – family, another job, friends, volunteer jobs; a storycrafter has to be able to consume lessons that their pace, in a way that fits their lifestyle. Every lesson is offered in Mp3 and print format – download it onto your kindle, your MP3 player, your computer and learn anywhere you have time.

Will this work? Yes. The Storycrafter’s Program is a proven method for creating a powerful story. I use it to create my award-winning, best-selling stories. More, I’ve broken down each step into an easy-to-understand but revolutionary system that will unravel the mystery of writing a novel and give step by step detailed instructions on how to build your own novel. No mindless exercises – every lesson, every activity is designed for you to write your novel as you progress. If you are willing to put in the work, you will finish your novel.

Am I in this alone? Nope. MBT is all about coming alongside a novelist – as much or as little as you want. Our premier Novel Coaching program is hands-on and focused. We want you to succeed! Every Module has a link to a "Submit a question" Box that links you to your Coach. Which means you get a direct line to someone who is dedicated to your success.

What is different about the Storycrafter’s Program than any other? It works. And, it’s easy to understand – no big charts, no long lists, no conflicting information about what to put into your story. Easy pieces of the puzzle that fit together – you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to write a novel when you have the right pieces.

You’ll love this program so much that you’ll find your creativity brimming and you’ll be calling your novelist friends to join in on the journey with you. Because it’s not just about this book…but the next one. And the one after that.

My Personal Guarantee

My goal is for you to succeed as a novelist, and I believe so much that you'll love this course that if, after 30 days, you aren't loving this course and building your novel, then I want to give you your money back. No questions asked.

You CAN write a brilliant novel. Let's do this!