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"I believe we can change the world through stories. 'The universe,' says Muriel Rukeyser, 'is not made of atoms, but of stories.' I believe in making a difference in the lives of others through the power of storytelling, both as a story teller myself and as a "story merchant" who enables other storytellers to make a difference."

Dr. Ken Atchity loves being a writer, producer, teacher, career coach, and literary manager, responsible for launching hundreds of books and films. His life's passion is finding great stories and storytellers and turning them into bestselling authors and screenwriters--and making films which send their stories around the world.

His books include, most recently, novels THE MESSIAH MATRIX and SEVEN WAYS TO DIE (with William Diehl) and nonfiction books for writers at every stage of their career. Based on his teaching, managing, and writing experience, he's successfully built bestselling careers for novelists, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters from the ground up.

Atchity has also produced 30 films, including "Hysteria" (Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy), "The Expatriate" (Aaron Eckhart), "The Lost Valentine" (Betty White), "Gospel Hill" (Danny Glover), "Joe Somebody" (Tim Allen), "Life or Something Like It" (Angelina Jolie), "The Amityville Horror: The Evil Escapes," "Shadow of Obsession" (Veronica Hammel), "The Madam's Family" (Ellen Burstyn). Full film bio at

He was born in Eunice, Louisiana; and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, where he attended Rockhurst High School (and was editor in chief of The Prep News). After undergraduate work at Georgetown (A.B., English/Classics), and getting his Ph.D. in comparative literature from Yale, he served as professor and chairman of comparative literature and creative writing at Occidental College and Fulbright Professor at the University of Bologna. He was Distinguished Instructor, UCLA Writers Program, and a regular columnist-r

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Write: Treatments To Sell: Create and Market Your Story Ideas to the Motion Picture and TV Industry
by Kenneth Atchity
This manual is a step by step guide to writing the perfect treatment, and to using it to perfect your dramatic art and market your work to entertainment buyers and gatekeepers.As Hollywood insiders know, the first step in selling your story idea for film or television is preparing a treatment, the brief pitch that sells the concept to a...
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Write Time: Guide to the Creative Process, from Vision through Revision—and Beyond
by Kenneth Atchity
REVISED & UPDATEDIn this foundational guide to the writer’s mind and productivity used by thousands of writers worldwide since its original publication...called by the New York Times "the on writing," Dr. Atchity shows how the detailed steps of the creative process interface with the writer’s greatest asset, time, to...
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How to Escape Lifetime Security and Pursue Your Impossible Dream: A Guide to Transforming Your Career
by Kenneth Atchity
For the Type C, or creative, personalities who want their work to "fill" their deepest creative urges, this is the frontline guide to making the transition from a secure and soulless job to a life built around a creative dream. Individuals learn how to follow the mind's eye to construct a life that conforms to personal vision, steal time...
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Cajun Household Wisdom
by Kenneth Atchity
Laissez les bon temps roulez! Let the good times roll!Cajun culture is funny and fun-loving. It's rooted in the earth. It's rooted in the kitchen. It's needlessly, hopelessly, complicated, and yet is utterly simple and suspicious of all things modern, especially food and drink.CAJUN HOUSEHOLD WISDOM takes you back to the days when family...
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Categories: All Cookbooks, Food & Wine; All Humor
Rainbows for Hana: Mourning Our Cat Brought Us a Miracle
by Kenneth Atchity
When our beloved tabby flew out the window to her death, our devastation was transformed by a mysterious series of events that seemed to us like miracles.As we landed in Los Angeles after a trip to Rome, two events occurred nearly simultaneously: my granddaughter Meggie spotted a unique and most glorious rainbow, and my wife Kayoko...
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Categories: All Religion & Spirituality
Dreamworks 2:3: Spring 1982 (Dreamworks Magazine)
by Kenneth Atchity
Dreamworks is an interdisciplinary quarterly devoted to the art of dreaming. It brings together the latest thinking on the dream process from many fields -- aesthetics, anthropology, criticism, neurophysiology, philosophy, psychology, religion -- and gathers dream reports and adaptations from artists working in various media. The...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; All Religion & Spirituality
The Messiah Matrix
by Kenneth John Atchity
… a unique combination of carefully researched material and breathless adventure story," Book, Bones & Buffy. LIMITED TIME SPECIAL OFFER PRICETo what lengths would the Vatican go to suppress the secret origins of its power? A renowned priest is killed in Rome. A Roman coin is recovered from a wreck off the coast of ancient Judea....
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Categories: All Mystery, Crime & Thrillers
How to Quit Your Day Job and Live Out Your Dreams: A Guide to Transforming Your Career
by Kenneth Atchity
Are you a creative person seeking more satisfying work? Do you want to make the transition from a job you find secure but soulless to a life built around your creative dream? Then look no further than this essential guide, written by a tenured professor who quit his job and pursued his dream as a successful “story merchant” and film...
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Categories: All Advice and How-To; All Business, Investing and Leadership; All Nonfiction
Homer's Iliad: The Shield of Memory
by Kenneth Atchity
"I know of no other book as good."--John Gardner "Homer's Iliad: The Shield of Memory contains many brilliant insights. The poet knows that the "world of the remembered past" and the contemporary world, though chronologically distinct and substantially different, are both comparable in their reflection of continuing human experience....
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Sell Your Story to Hollywood: Writer's Pocket Guide to the Business of Show Business
by Kenneth Atchity
Through the expanding influence of the Internet and the corporatization of both publishing and entertainment, the process of getting your book to the big screen has gotten more complicated, more eccentric, and more exciting. This little book aims to help you figure out how to get your story told on big screens or small. It’s not going...
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The Renaissance Reader
by Kenneth Atchity
As the transition period between the Middle Age and modern times, the Renaissance is perhaps the most distinguished age since that of Classical Greece. Moreover, the consciousness of our time was largely formed by those who were given the freedom to express themselves by the rebirth of the art and sciences of the Renaissance.The...
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