Monday, 15 January 2018

Writer's Digest Webinar Thursday 18 January 2018

This takes place this Thursday, so you will have to be quick to register:

[New Webinar] Write an Attention Grabbing First Chapter


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Congratulations! Your query made it out of the slush pile and an agent requested your manuscript. Now make sure they'll want to keep reading your novel by having an attention-grabbing first chapter. Literary agent, Sarah LaPolla will share insights and tips on creating a first chapter agents will want to keep reading. We'll also discuss what to avoid, how to balance a novel's tone with the narrator's voice, and how a great first chapter should set up the rest of the novel.


All registrants are invited to submit your first 1,200 words for a critique. Please wait until after the live webinar date to submit your critique material. This allows you to make changes to your first 1,200 words based on the presentation and will ensure you receive the most helpful critique possible.


What you'll learn
What agents look for in a first chapter
How to grab—and keep—their attention beyond the first line
Whether your novel is beginning in the right place
How to avoid cliché, mundane, or overused beginnings


Who should attend
Writers who are getting ready to query agents
Writers who are still deciding where their story begins
Writers who need to grab an agent's attention in a way that also engages their target audience


Thursday, January 18, 2018


Instructor: Sarah LaPolla
Sarah LaPolla joined Bradford Literary Agency as an agent in 2013. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a B.A. in Creative Writing from Ithaca College.



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