What is a “Story”?
Think of a favourite family story. You’ve heard that tale repeatedly but it never fails to bring a gasp or a laugh.

Now—deconstruct that story. It’s not likely to be a memory of a picnic on a perfect  summer day, when everything went right. The gripper, the one everyone remembers and wants to hear again, hinges on a problem. In fact, it probably follows a series of escalating calamites–after which nothing is ever the same again for the people involved.

That’s a story. It revolves around people we’re interested in. The protagonist of the piece wants something, but everything goes awry. She […]