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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 18 books encompassing a wide variety of audiences and genres. He has also produced 15 audiobooks to date and has written 6 screenplays. Along with being an instructor for the ALC, he teaches at the Writing Pad in Los Angeles and is a freelance story editor. Derek received a 3-book deal from HarperCollins for his middle-grade book series "Scary School", and his Mystery/Thriller book "Kubrick’s Game" was #1 on Amazon three times and was optioned by Bobby Cohen Films. His middle-grade novel "My Homework Ate My Dog!" was awarded Best Middle-Grade Fiction Book of 2020 by Kops-Featherling Book Awards, and there was a bidding war for his picture book "El Perro con Sombrero", which was published by Holt/Macmillan. In addition, Derek Founded Whimsical World children’s publishing brand with 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. Discover more at and

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