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Lunchtime Lesson: Writing the Page Turner

Whether you’re writing for adults or kids, whether it’s science fiction, mystery, or realistic slice-of-life, give your readers what they crave: a character they can embrace, with a specific and crucial goal, in a world they can picture. Award-winning author and writing coach Eric Elfman will discuss the elements that go into a successful novel, including:

• A compelling story

• An active protagonist

• Conflict, Motivation and Choice

• World Building and Exposition

• The Three Act structure

• and more

If you are writing a novel, or have always wanted to write one, this is a talk you won’t want to miss.

Eric Elfman is the author of 14 books, including his newest, Tesla’s Attic (from Disney-Hyperion Books, co-written with Neal Shusterman), which is already getting rave reviews. Also a private writing coach, Eric has helped several writers become published, and in some cases best-selling, authors. He is on the faculty of both the Big Sur Writers Workshop, organized by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and the Ventana Sierra Writers Workshop, established by best selling author Ellen Hopkins. As a screenwriter, Eric developed and wrote projects for Interscope, Dreamworks, Walden Media, Universal and Disney. He also contributes articles to Creative Screenwriting, Disney Adventures Digest, Dwell, Mental_Floss, and other magazines.

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