Brain Science Tips to Hook Readers

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The human brain has evolved to biologically respond to story in specific ways savvy writers use to captivate readers. Learn to fulfill and exceed readers’ hard-wired expectations from the first sentence to the last. This fun and dynamic workshop will fascinate you as it informs. Leave armed with a new understanding of the concrete elements stories must deliver and why. Learn the difference between good stories and stories readers (agents and publishers,) just can’t put down.

About Laura Oliver

Laura Oliver is the author of The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers (Penguin Random House), named by The Writer Magazine as one of the best writing books of the year, and additionally selected by Poets and Writers Magazine as one of the best writing books ever published. Oliver's fiction and essays are published in national newspapers, magazines and top-tier literary reviews including The Washington Post, Country Living Magazine, Glimmer Train Stories, The Baltimore Review, Rosebud, and Redux. Among other distinctions, she is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Fiction, an Anne Arundel County Arts Council Literary Arts Award winner, a two-time Glimmer Train Short Fiction finalist, and her work has been nominated for inclusion in the Pushcart Prize Collection. Oliver holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College, a Bachelor of Arts in English from Washington College, and has completed writing seminars in creative non-fiction at the University of Iowa.


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