"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
—Muriel Rukeyser


If transition from the service to civilian life is a challenge for you, mark your calendar for April 30, 4 pm E.T. 

Supported by The Purple Heart Foundation. The focus of this #FREE workshop will be your questions issues and questions.

The transition from military service to civilian life isn’t always easy. For many vets the problems feel insurmountable.  This virtual Q&A session with story editor and career-change coach Dr. Ken Atchity (YalePHD) will revamp personal mythologies.  Many vets come home trapped in dysfunctional stories they tell themselves. Dr. Atchity will suggest  strategies & tactics to aid transition into taking charge of your own story—and making it happen.

Register for this event here and join us on April 30—or help us connect to people that need it.

Getting Your Story Straight Series by Ken Atchity

Welcome to "Getting Your Story Straight" series on InstagramTV @storymerchant Getting Your Stories Straight Series by Ken Atchity. Professional coaching tips to help you figure out point of view, structure, and master all the elements of story.

Discover the first Teaser of the new Steve Alten's web-series MEG ISLAND & Sea Monster Cove!

➤Imagine a new form of web entertainment – an interactive experience where members can observe the most terrifying sea creatures that ever lived, each housed in the most advanced aquariums ever conceived, and the animals and people react and respond to your presence.

➤Add to that several adventure series set against the same backdrop, independent yet interwoven, written by best-selling authors. Welcome to MEG ISLAND ➤Support us on: https://igg.me/at/megisland/x/23379186#/ Written by Steve Alten and Maxime Ginolin Special effects by Steve Clarke and Paul Knott Soundtrack by Maxime Michel

San Francisco Review of Books: 'Your VIP Biography: How to Write Your Autobiography to Land a Hollywood Deal' by Alinka Rutkowska and Kenneth Atchity

‘You oughta be in pictures!’ – and making it happen

Co-authors Alinka Rutkowska and Kenneth Atchity are both significant personas and writers in their own right, and their joining forces has resulted in publishing that special book every writer wants to find – how to write important character biographies, including (inhale, breathe) our own autobiography! Alinka is not only a best selling author but also a coach to many writers, ably sharing her experience and skills with writers around the world, as well as being CEO of Leaders Press. Kenneth is a producer and author, a “story merchant,” editor, speaker, career coach, columnist and professor of comparative literature. Strong combo, very strong results.

In the flavorful Foreword, Kenneth states, “A life is a story when it has a compelling beginning, a conclusive and satisfying ending, and a middle filled with unexpected twists and turns, highs and lows, happy breaks and dismal setbacks. If you’ve led a life like that, if you’ve taken an extraordinary path we would like all to know about, then this book is for you.’ A fine invitation and what follows in this book is a key to the door of opportunity.

Alinka and Kenneth share examples of successful memoirs that have become both best sellers and successful movies, and in outlining the aspects of these winners, they instruct us how to get there, from basic information about what constitutes a ‘memoir’ – the definition (and meaning) of Character, Conflict, Structure, Theme, Secondary story elements, and all aspects of the ingredients necessary in creating a memoir. Once defined, and supplemented with outstanding examples of successful memoirs we all know (Angela’s Ashes, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Glass Castle, The Pursuit of Happyness), they then guide us as to how to make it all happen in book form – and getting that book form cinematically friendly.

This is not only a fun read, a journey of its own to read, including the impressive and substantial ‘Entertainment Business and Story Market Glossary of Term,’ but it also is a very practical course in writing by two highly respected authors. Highly Recommended.

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. 
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Why Moviegoing May Have Changed For Good — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Box office expert Tom Brueggemann makes a special appearance to discuss how the last few weeks have changed the exhibition landscape.

IndieWire’s Tom Brueggemann makes a special appearance on Screen Talk to speak with Eric Kohn about the biggest questions facing theater owners. The conversation ranges from the major chains to the arthouses, as well as the issues facing film festivals and indie distribution. Brueggemann and Kohn also share some of the older films they’ve been watching on streaming platforms.

Movie Theater

First Story Merchant Cocktail/Coffee Klatch

Top to Bottom - Left to Right
Lisa Cerasoli, Sam Skelton, Neha Dutta
Dan Moskowitz, Douglas Fetterly, Donald Bull 
Linda Malcor, Chi-Li Wong, Gary Wenkle Smith

Dr. Meg Van Deusen: Coping With The Stress of COVID-19

Available on Amazon
In a special one-off episode, Karen Doyle Buckwalter welcomes Dr. Meg Van Deusen to discuss how to cope with the stress surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Van Deusen will also be Karen's guest in the next two weeks of Attachment Theory in Action as they discuss her book Stressed In The U.S.


After spending a few years as a teacher, Dr. Van Deusen chose to return to school to study psychology. Her studies took her all the way up the Pacific Coast, starting at the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles and finishing her post-doctoral hours in Seattle's Family Services, and then entering private practice in Seattle in 1994. Since then, Dr. Van Deusen has cultivated an approach to treatment that encompasses years of hard work and dedication to continuing education. She has consulted on external projects and has a blog on a topics she’s passionate about, stress, loneliness, sleep and anxiety. Her new book Stressed in the U.S. Twelve Tools to Tackle Anxiety, Loneliness, Tech-Addiction and More was released December, 2019. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Washington State Psychological Association.