Jeff Lyons

Jeff Lyons

Author, screenwriter and script consultant in Long Beach, California

About Jeff

Jeff Lyons is a published author, screenwriter, editor, and story development consultant with more than 25 years' experience in the film, television, and publishing industries. He has worked with literally thousands of novelists, nonfiction authors, and screenwriters helping them build and tell better stories.

Jeff is an instructor through Stanford University's Online Writer’s Studio, University of California at Riverside's Extension Program, and is a regular guest lecturer through the UCLA Extension Writers Program. He is a regular presenter at leading writing and entertainment industry trade conferences, as well as a contributor and advisor to leading entertainment industry screenwriting and producing fellowship programs, such as the Producers Guild of American's "Power of Diversity Producing Workshop," and the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab. Jeff is also a regular guest blogger on major writing industry blog sites like Script Magazine and Over the years, he has been a trusted story development consultant to many indie producers, produced screenwriters, production companies, and VR and new media content developers.

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, is the only book available devoted solely to the topic of story and premise development for novelists, screenwriters, and creative nonfiction authors. His other book, Rapid Story Development: How to Use the Enneagram-Story Connection to Become a Master Storyteller, will be published by Focal Press in late 2017.

In addition to his nonfiction work, Jeff is co-authoring (with Stephen David Brooks) the Jack Be Dead Series, the first volume of which was published on Amazon in March 2016, Jack Be Dead: Revelation. This, and his other genre fiction work, is published through Storygeeks Press.

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Name: Jeff Lyons

Lives in: Long Beach, California


Occupation: Author, Screenwriter and Script Consultant


  • 13 Minutes

    13 Minutes (2017)
    Film by My Man Productions Screenwriter Optioned

  • American Thunderbolt

    American Thunderbolt (2016 - 2017)
    Film by Calla Productions Writer/Associate Producer Optioned.

  • Flytrap

    Flytrap (2015)
    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

    Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Master Premise and Story Development for Writing Success (2015)
    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)

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