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Storytelling Fundamentals: Character, Conflict, Context, Craft

Daniel José Older, New York Times Bestselling Author

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9 Videos (42m)
    • Introduction


    • — Character in "Salsa Nocturna"


    • — Conflict in "Salsa Nocturna"


    • — Context in "Salsa Nocturna"

    • CRAFT

    • Closing

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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.

523 of 525 students recommendSee All

I've learned so much in this 40 minutes class than I have in any other writing class. Thank you, I really appreciate your skills as a creative and all the information you gave. It made it so much easier to tackle now when I sit down and write. I always come back to this video. I would definitely recommend this class.
Sage B.

Filmmaker /Writer

Clear and concise points, that play along with an excellent sample story, that help to understand the material, and how to apply the information given in the course
very good





Daniel José Older

New York Times Bestselling Author

Daniel Jos? Older is the New York Times bestselling author of the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series from Penguin's Roc Books and the Young Adult novel Shadowshaper (Scholastic, 2015), a New York Times Notable Book of 2015, which was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers' Literature, the Andre Norton Award, the Locus, the Mythopoeic Award, the International Latino Book Award, and named one of Esquire's 80 Books Every Person Should Read. He co-edited the Locus and World Fantasy...

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