About us

The narrative experts in story structure

A track-record of proven success and enlightenment

We don't just value great stories, we value great writers. We want to give everyone on this planet a voice. And the very best way for anyone to share what they feel is by writing a complete story.

The more complete the story, the greater its reach and the more impact that story will have on the world--regardless of ethnicity or background.

We want to help you move the world.

Who We Are

Narrative First provides world-class Story Coaching for individuals, professionals, and businesses. Screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, directors, executive producers, and game developers turn to Narrative First when they want a story that works--and a story that lasts.

In addition to coaching, we built Subtxt--a story outlining app that makes it possible for writers everywhere to take advantage of the latest advancements in story theory.

The Team

James R. Hull, Founder & CEO, Lead Developer

James R. Hull

With over 25 years of experience in the animation industry as an animator, storyboard artist, and director, I know how important it is to get the story working as soon as possible.

My credits include writing & storyboarding for the legendary Warner Bros. director Chuck Jones, animating on at least 15 films for Disney and Dreamworks (Tarzan and Enchanted, Shrek 2, and How to Train Your Dragon), and directing for Sony Pictures Television and Dreamworks TV.

As a story consultant I helped develop the Disney+ animated series Tangled, consulted on Over the Moon and The Mitchells vs. The Machines for Netflix, and worked with several other novelists and screenwriters with their individual projects (Avatar: The Last Airbender's Mike DiMartino, Sebastien de Castell's bestselling novels Traitor's Blade and Spellslinger, and Dave Collard's Blacklist 2020 spec script (#3), Neither Confirm, Nor Deny).

This site is where I share what I've learned working with these professionals, in an effort to help you save time getting your first draft right the first time.

Jim can be found @jameshull on Twitter.

Summer De La Fuente, Holistic Coach & Self-development

Summer De La Fuente

With her holistic perspective, Summer can rapidly connect relationships between people, place, things, and events--an essential tool for effective storytelling. Her personal life experiences naturally inspired her to become a writer and the Holistic coach she is today. Her influence flows throughout the work here at Narrative First.

John Dusenberry, Story Analyst & Engineer

John Dusenberry

John is a writer and story artist with over ten years of experience in the entertainment industry. Earning a degree in Film and Animation from CalArts, his professional credits have included the Emmy Award winning series COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey, Disney's DuckTales and Legend of the Three Caballeros, and work on over five feature films, Smallfoot, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO 2 and the upcoming Scooby-Doo and Space Jam 2 movies.

Currently working for Warner Bros. Feature Animation (WAG), John moonlights as a story consultant and editor, and is busy preparing his next two novels for publication.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children and questionably sane dog, Charley.

Contact us to begin discussing how we can take your story to the next level.