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First Chapters: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (with Sara Gentry)

In this episode, Abigail takes a first chapter deep dive with kidlit book coach and author, Sara Gentry. Together, they discuss the first chapter of C.S. Lewis’s beloved masterwork, THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE (book two in The Chronicles of Narnia series).

In addition to their analysis of how the first chapter (and part of chapter two) sets up big picture expectations and creates a well-structured scene, Sara explains why burgeoning MG fantasy writers can use this book as a masterwork example—but not as a model for MG fantasy stories published in today’s market. To support this, she explains what readers expect (and what publishers want) in recent MG fantasy stories, and how the beginning might read if it were published today.  

Come study a portal fantasy and learn how C.S. Lewis’s classic world and adventure, relatable characters, and unique narrative—among other strengths—make this story one that stands the test of time.  


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