Jeff Lyons is a traditionally published fiction/nonfiction author, screenwriter, and story development consultant in the film, television, and publishing industries. He has worked with major studios like NBCU and Columbia Pictures, and leading independent producers and film and television production companies. He is an instructor through Stanford University's Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing, and guest lectures through the UCLA Extension Writers Program.
Jeff is a regular contributor and advisor to leading entertainment industry screenwriting and producing fellowship programs, such as the Producers Guild of America's "Power of Diversity Master Producers Workshop," and the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, and is a regular workshop presenter at leading writing industry conferences such as the Romance Writers of America, StoryExpo, Great American Pitchfest, Romance Writers of America, and many others.
His clients have won major literary prizes like the “William Faulkner Gold Medal,” and include New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Jeff has written on the craft of storytelling for Writer’s Digest Magazine, Script Magazine, The Writer Magazine, and Writing Magazine (UK).
His book, Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success was published by Focal Press in 2015, and his book, Rapid Story Development: How to Use the Enneagram-Story Connection to Become a Master Storyteller, was published by Focal Press in October 2020. His third book with Focal Press will be published late 2021, The Story-Subplot Connection: How to Develop Subplots for Screenwriters and Novelists.
His feature film, American Thunderbolt, is being produced by M4 West Media, UK, and two of his novellas, 13 Minutes and Terminus Station, have been optioned for feature film development.
Film by Hargenant Media, UK (Drama and Sport) Writer/Associate Producer Optioned, in-development
Film (short) by Daniel Jewel Story Consultant
Rapid Story Development: How to Use the Enneagram-Story Connection to Become a Master Storyteller
Print by Focal Press Author Book on story development using the Enneagram.
Film by My Man Productions Screenwriter Optioned
Film by My Man Productions Story Consultant When a man is held hostage in a twisted version of suburban San Fernando Valley, he slowly uncovers the reason for his capture and the miserable fate that awaits him-and humanity-unless he acts.
Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success
Print by Focal Press Author When a book or screenplay is going to fail, it will first do so at the premise level itself. This book teaches any storyteller how to know--BEFORE--they start writing whether or not their story idea will have legs and succeed as a story.
Union Institute & University (Cincinnati, OH)