In this course, led by New York Times bestselling author, Daniel José Older, we'll explore the basic elements of story: character, context, craft, and conflict. We'll get into the nitty-gritty of each, their functionality, different approaches to solving narrative problems, and how they all weave together to tell a great story that readers can't put down. Finally, we'll move beyond the fundamentals and learn the strategies for taking our narratives to the next level, touching on deeper concepts of craft and thematic structure.
Daniel José Older, a lead story architect for "Star Wars: The High Republic", is the New York Times best-selling author of the upcoming Young Adult fantasy novel "Ballad & Dagger" (book 1 of the Outlaw Saints series), the sci-fi adventure "Flood City", the monthly comic series "The High Republic Adventures". His other books include the historical fantasy series Dactyl Hill Squad, "The Book of Lost Saints", the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, "Star Wars: Last Shot", and the Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher, including "Shadowshaper", which was named one of the best fantasy books of all time by TIME magazine and one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, The World Fantasy Award, the Andre Norton Award, the Locus, and the Mythopoeic Award.
Books will be available for sale and signing following the event.
The True Lit Festival is in collaboration with the Fayetteville Public Schools, Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, Walton Arts Center, University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation and Altrusa International of Fayetteville, Arkansas.