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

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.

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Daniel is an incredible teacher. From video 1 I didn't want to miss a single second of his class. He knows how to write, he knows how to speak in an engaging way and he knows how to teach. Thank you, Daniel, I had a lot of fun, learnt a lot and now I feel super inspired :)
Loved this class! Daniel explained everything very well and clear, will be very helpful to me in my future writing/ editing.

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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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