EP6: The alchemy of storytelling with Timur Zobu

Episode 6,  Nov 27, 2020, 07:00 AM

Have you ever wished you could become a better storyteller?

Well, on the podcast this week, I’m talking to Timur Zobu, all about the subject of storytelling.  

Timur is a story genius; he’s a screenwriting tutor at the Met Film-School and at Central School of Speech and Drama, as well as at HMP Thameside where he teaches screenwriting to prisoners. He has worked as a screenwriter and script doctor on international feature films and television projects for the likes of Blueprint Pictures, Protagonist, Endor and Cinéma Defacto. When it comes to the subject of storytelling there is very little Timur doesn’t know but what’s fascinating about him, and one of the reasons I wanted to have him on the show, is that his in-depth knowledge of story extends far beyond just looking at story structure and making successful scripts and movies, he goes deeper, exploring the psychology of story and why stories are so important to every aspect of who we are.

 In this episode, we talk about…

  • Where stories come from, why we tell them and why we need them so much

  • The power of story to help and heal ourselves 

  • We look at story structure, the universal patterns of story and how they can both be applied to our lives  

  • Timur explains why we are all the hero in our own story

  • We examine why no story is 100% fictional 

  • We look at what makes a story work and the three key areas storytellers need to tackle


Honestly, this conversation blew my mind. And as somebody who knows a fair amount about storytelling myself - I am a writer who writes stories - this conversation was an education, even for me. 

 So, whether you are someone who would like to become better at telling stories, or you’re a writer looking to develop and hone your craft or you’re just interested in viewing your own story through a slightly different lens, then this episode is definitely one to listen to. 

Happy storytelling!

 Christina X

 Ps. Here are the links to some of the things that got mentioned in this episode...

 Theme music; The Vendetta by Stefan Kartenberg (copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license.) http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/JeffSpeed68/58628