Perfecting Page One

You know the great opening lines of classic novels by heart: "Call me Ishmael." "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." "The last camel collapsed at noon." What makes these lines so brilliant and memorable, and how can you create one for your own novel?

Every word of your opening needs to entice editors and enchant readers. How can you set the proper expectations for the story to come—and make every word work? In this session, suitable for any genre, we will dissect and analyze acclaimed first lines and opening paragraphs, and reveal the writing secrets these brilliant examples offer. If you are brave enough, please bring your own first page or paragraph for workshopping! Hank and the class will offer advice and guidance to point you and your book in the right direction.