David Baboulene, PhD

Narrative Theorist, Story Consultant
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David’s research into narrative theory has demonstrated how the power of every story lies in the way a story resonates with a human mind. Writers must work with knowledge gaps and subtext to trigger a psychological response.

David has written four books on story theory, including his bestseller The Story Book (2010). His latest work is the culmination of 20 years of research and hands-on story consultancy: The Primary Colours of Story (2020) is the practical application of his ground-breaking insights into how stories grip and engage a human mind… MORE

Feedback from David’s Seminars

‘Every session provided a “eureka moment” for me; another sudden insight into ways to improve my stories and find direction for me as a writer.’

‘Receiving a publishing deal was a dream turned reality. In my acknowledgement page is written: David Baboulene: I did it, and you are a heck of a teacher!’
(Kerri Cuevas, Author Deadly Kisses, 2013)

‘David Baboulene is truly a master when it comes to the science behind storytelling.’
(Craig Hinde, Producer/Director)

‘David’s approach to story really gets under the bonnet of your specific narrative, rather than relying on tired old structural dictates. Highly recommended!’
(Alex Marx, Scriptwriter)

‘We cannot recommend David Baboulene highly enough. His insights and expertise on story creation have been invaluable, helping us get the script of Hallo Joe to the point where we’ve sold the option and look forward to full production.’
(Mark Halliley & Perry Schaffer, Scriptwriters)

‘David Baboulene is The Story Ninja!’
(Nick Wild, Writer/Director)

More information

David Baboulene, PhD is appearing at the following sessions:

The Primary Colours of Story 1: Knowledge Gaps and Subtext

The Primary Colours of Story 1: Knowledge Gaps and Subtext

A story is a conversation between a writer and an audience. A writer encodes using knowledge gaps. The audience decodes using subtext. That, right there, is the substance of every story ever made.

The Primary Colours of Story 2: Character

The Primary Colours of Story 2: Character

The writer’s principle means of generating story magic in the mind of the reader or viewer is through the choices made by compelling characters. In this session, you will discover the six questions you should ask each of your characters.

The Primary Colours of Story 3: The Role of the Audience

The Primary Colours of Story 3: The Role of the Audience

Ultimately, a story is built in the the audience’s imagination. They do all the important work long after the writer is gone and forgotten. Understanding how your story provokes the audience’s mind is both the magic of story and the key to great writing.