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Hook ’em: Strong Story Beginnings- A Master Class in Writing Craft

Nowadays, everyone’s time and attention span are at a premium. If the opening lines of your writing don’t hook them early, your reader may drift off and move on.

Keep your reader and build a career: in this workshop, you will learn specific insider tricks and techniques for keeping the reader engaged and giving them everything they need to sink into your ideas.

This 90-minute writing seminar is a serious boost to every writer’s awareness and writing process for how to energize and define your opening lines. Join Marcia Walker as she unpacks the techniques that work for really hooking your readers.

Note: this session is closed. Please visit our Writing Coaching or contact us to chat about your writing and how we can support you!

In any type of writing, if you don’t hook your reader by the first paragraph, they’re not likely to stick around. If you’re aiming to acquire an agent or publisher, people who are notoriously inundated and are looking for reasons to reject your work, unless the opening to your work is dynamic, fresh, and grabs them and doesn’t let go, they’re sending it to the bin.

You’re not new to the world; you’re aware that finding that particular hook in the work’s opening is harder than it looks. The multi-tasking involved is immense: the opening has to snare the reader and draw them into the story PLUS set the tone, voice, potential dramatic tension, theme, character, and world of the narrative.

Not to mince words, but that’s a lot to accomplish.

Why All Writers Need This Workshop

By learning a variety of tricks and techniques, you will always have at the ready the ability to craft a beginning that will hook any reader.

Join author Marcia Walker for this master class in learning how to start your story strong. We’ll examine first lines, first paragraphs and first pages to see what works (and what doesn’t) in each of them, unpacking craft techniques writers have used to create sparks and hook their readers. You will also have the opportunity to try different exercises to find the ideal beginning to your fiction or nonfiction.


[ezcol_1quarter]Dates:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Next Session: TBA [/ezcol_3quarter_end]

[ezcol_1quarter]Length:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]1.5 hours (7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)[/ezcol_3quarter_end]

[ezcol_1quarter]Where:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Online via Video Conference[/ezcol_3quarter_end]

[ezcol_1quarter]Format:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Conversation, lecture, readings/examples, exercises, group engagement[/ezcol_3quarter_end]

[ezcol_1quarter]Instructor:[/ezcol_1quarter] [ezcol_3quarter_end]Marcia Walker [/ezcol_3quarter_end]

For all levels of writer

How the Online Workshop Works

  • After enrolling, you will receive an email with information about your workshop
  • Five minutes before the workshop begins, you will receive your secure link to the private video conference for the master class.

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