Master the 5 Key Elements of Story

Understand what makes a story so you can make your story great.
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Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (1,531 ratings)
33,235 students
21min of on-demand video
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You'll gain a better understand how the elements of story work and how to ramp them up in order engage the audience more profoundly.
At the end of this course, you’ll come away with some very focused questions to ask of your own work, and you’ll be better equipped to see exactly where and how your stories are weak and can be improved.


  • You'll get more from the class if you have a draft of a story you can work with, but none is required.


Writers of story-driven fiction or memoir often pay too much attention to crafting beautiful sentences. It's not that poetic lines aren't appealing, but story is way more important. Can you think of any very successful novels that were horribly "written"? Their success came from their storytelling.

This short course provides an introduction to the key elements necessary for every story and for every scene in your story. If you want to craft stories that have momentum, that readers cannot set down, you need to understand what a story really is. Ensuing courses in my Momentum series go into much more depth, but this course is the foundation.

Who this course is for:

  • Both beginning and seasoned storytellers can benefit from a deeper understanding of story.


Story Expert, Writer
TD Storm
  • 4.4 Instructor Rating
  • 1,531 Reviews
  • 33,235 Students
  • 1 Course

TD Storm is an award-winning writer and teacher whose work has appeared in a number of journals. His passion for storytelling and its inner workings inform his teaching, editing, and mentoring. He has been teaching for the past 16 years, and he's a celebrated editor. As Josh Cook, book critic for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, writes, "Nothing gets past TD Storm. Working with editors over the years, sometimes you want to test your crafting abilities and let a crazy sentence fly—abstraction, too much telling, piling on unnecessary details—and you can, for the most part, get away with it. Not with TD. This guy's got a heck of a head on him. He sniffs out everything. Astute, rigorous, and generous; and it's all in service of improving the piece and strengthening your voice."

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