The Why of Story with Celeste Lecesne (Online Learning – Six Sessions)
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The Why of Story with Celeste Lecesne (Online Learning – Six Sessions)

  • September 9, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • September 23, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • October 7, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • October 21, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • November 4, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • November 18, 2022
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online Learning Class

Every story we tell is the myth of our lives struggling to be heard. This workshop is designed to explore your individual myth, give voice to emotional, political, and personal truth, and create a structure that will carry your story into the world. Whether you are working on a screenplay, a TV pilot, a stage play, a one-person show, a novel, or a series of visual images, knowing the basic rules of story can help you discover both the story you want to tell and the best way to present it.

This workshop is designed to help any creative person excavate their personal beliefs, and it provides the tools necessary to create a story and the structure to support it. Rarely are we asked to state clearly and with some conviction exactly what we believe. And yet we all wake up every morning and orient ourselves according to our beliefs. How we throw ourselves into our work, our relationships, the world, and even our clothes are largely determined by what we believe. Would you have chosen your job if you had not believed something to be true about money, security, or yourself? Would you have made that second date if you had not been out to prove something about love? Everything we do (and write) is based on some deeply held belief. Being able to articulate what that belief is gives any storyteller in any medium an advantage in the beginning to untangle the great mess that can sometimes arise in midst of creating.

This course is strictly limited to 10 students.


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Celeste Lecesne (he/they) ( , wrote the short film TREVOR, which won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and he is co-founder of The Trevor Project, the largest nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth. He created THE ROAD HOME Stories of Children of War, which was presented at the International Peace Initiative at The Hague, and he was the executive producer of After The Storm, a documentary film that tells the story of 12 young people living in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He has published three novels for young adults, and edited the anthology, The Letter Q: Queer Writer’s letters to Their Younger Selves. He was a writer on TV for the shows Will & Grace and Further Tales of the City (Emmy nom). A performer as well as a writer, Celeste has created several Off Broadway solo shows including The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, Word of Mouth and One Man Band: The NYTimes has ranked him “among the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation.” He is also co-founder of The Future Perfect Project, a nationwide arts initiative providing creative workshops to LGBTQ+ youth and creating content that expresses their vision of a better world.


NOTE: This is classified as a “Special Guest” workshop. We advise you to read the “Special Guest Refund Policy” HERE before enrolling.

A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

Six Sessions
Dates: Fridays, Every Other Week, September 9; September 23; October 7; October 21; November 4; November 18, 2022, 10 am -12 pm PST
Enrollment Limit: 10 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
Tuition: $675




This course will be meeting online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.

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The Why of Story with Celeste Lecesne (Online Learning)show details + $675.00 (USD)  
Bronze Member Rate - The Why of Story with Celeste Lecesne (Online Learning)show details + $641.25 (USD)  
Silver Member Rate - The Why of Story with Celeste Lecesne (Online Learning)show details + $607.50 (USD)  
Gold Member Rate - The Why of Story with Celeste Lecesne (Online Learning)show details + $540.00 (USD)