Storytelling 101: Character, Conflict, Context & Craft

Daniel José Older, New York Times Bestselling Author

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9 Lessons (42m)
    • 1. Introduction

      3:19
    • 2. CHARACTER

      5:38
    • 3. — Character in "Salsa Nocturna"

      3:42
    • 4. CONFLICT

      3:53
    • 5. — Conflict in "Salsa Nocturna"

      1:40
    • 6. CONTEXT

      4:08
    • 7. — Context in "Salsa Nocturna"

      1:50
    • 8. CRAFT

      13:44
    • 9. Closing

      4:25
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About This Class

How do you write a story that feels alive? What makes a story different from an anecdote?

Join renowned urban fantasy writer Daniel José Older for a 40-minute dive into the fundamentals of narrative storytelling! 

Energetic, bite-sized lessons explore:

  • The "4 C's" of storytelling: character, conflict, context, and craft 
  • Breaking down how each "C" works in Older's short story, Salsa Nocturna 
  • Tools and questions to ask yourself as you're developing your own story 

This class is for creative writers (both aspiring and established), and everyone who wants a deeper understanding of what makes a great story so captivating. You'll leave this class armed with a tried-and-true framework for writing your own fictional short story, and inspired to put pen to paper.

For more storytelling tips, check out my second class: Creative Writing Essentials: Writing Stand-Out Opening Scenes