Storytelling Fundamentals: Character, Conflict, Context, Craft

Daniel José Older, New York Times Bestselling Author

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9 Videos (42m)
    • Introduction

      3:19
    • CHARACTER

      5:38
    • — Character in "Salsa Nocturna"

      3:42
    • CONFLICT

      3:53
    • — Conflict in "Salsa Nocturna"

      1:40
    • CONTEXT

      4:08
    • — Context in "Salsa Nocturna"

      1:50
    • CRAFT

      13:44
    • 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

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Great content for a newbie writer to understand the basics of story telling.
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Daniel José Older

New York Times Bestselling Author

Daniel José Older is the New York Times bestselling author of the Middle Grade historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, Star Wars: Last Shot, and the award winning Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher, which won the International Latino Book Award and was shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize in Young Readers’ Literature, the Andre Norton Award, the Locus, the Mythopoeic Award, and named...

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