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What separates good novels from bad? What turns a page-turner into a snoozer? What turns your protagonist from someone readers deeply care about to someone they couldn't care less about? Oftentimes the reason boils down to lack of story structure and proven formula elements that could have been easily incorporated if only the writer knew. But, where is the borderline between your story having proper structure versus seeming formulaic? All of these questions will be explored with best-selling author Derek Taylor Kent through the course of the webinar, and by the end, you'll have a firm grasp of story structure that will help push your story forward whenever it feels stuck in a rut. In addition, you'll be clued into tips and tricks that will make your characters come to life like never before. First, you must master the structure before you can break it!

About the Presenter:

Derek Taylor Kent is the author of 13 books encompassing a wide variety of audiences and genres. He received a three-book deal from HarperCollins for his middle-grade series Scary School, and his picture book El Perro con Sombrero was published by Holt/Macmillan after a multi-publisher bidding war. It has been one of the best-selling bilingual picture books in the world since its release in 2015. His puzzle-thriller for an adult audience, Kubrick's Game, was published by Evolved Publishing and twice became the #1 best-selling book on Amazon and received a Reader's Favorite Gold Medal. He recently founded the brand Whimsical World with his wife, children's author and ALC speaker Sheri Fink, with a mission to inspire, delight, and educate children of all ages while planting seeds of self-esteem and high achievement. He taught writing and publishing classes for several years at The Writing Pad in Los Angeles. Discover more at and