Opening Pages: Hook and Heft
How to Craft an Opening Chapter that
Keeps Readers Reading
Readers don’t only judge books by their covers, they judge them on their first pages. Whether you're looking to appeal to an agent, editor, or reader, novel openings are key. Readers won’t keep reading “to get to the good stuff.” Those first critical pages must be your good stuff—or maybe your great stuff! In this workshop, we will focus on your novel's first pages. The workshop will begin with a craft lecture on what the opening of a novel needs to accomplish. In the second week, after applying the lessons from the lecture, students will read their first page aloud in class for on-the-spot feedback from their fellow writers and Lori. Post-class, students will incorporate that feedback and re-submit their first page to Lori for written feedback. Whether you have a completed manuscript or a work in progress, this workshop will help you identify what’s working and what needs to be further honed to strengthen your opening pages.
Who’s It For?
Writers at all levels who are working on fiction of any genre.
Contact me for next session.
Note: This course will be offered on a rolling basis. To join the list for future sessions, contact Lori.
$190 for 2 weeks, includes written feedback on your first page. *Option to make this group workshopping over four weeks. Additional cost.
Sign up below or simply email me directly.
“I can’t say enough good things about Lori’s instruction and have recommended her classes to all of my aspiring writer friends. The class truly gave me the tools and confidence to move forward with my writing.” –Lisa Q.
“Lori’s energy, expertise, and ability to keep everything organized is wonderful.”
“Lori’s classes are the best! I’ve taken quite a few now and each has equipped me with amazingly helpful craft tools that have greatly improved my writing, and her fun, supportive workshops and personal feedback always provide invaluable insights to guide my revisions. Highly recommended!” –Devi S.
“One of my all-time favorite writing instructors. I’ve taken multiple courses with Lori and found her to be an incredibly effective mentor. She provides tons of useful information and warm, constructive feedback on all aspects of writing.” –Ann C.
“Lori's class helped me get organized!! I walked away with really practical and well explained methods to apply to all stages of writing my book!” –Paige K.