Write From the Start II: How to Craft a Compelling First Chapter of a Novel
Like a good first date, the first chapter of a novel has to be great, and it has to be honest. What you promise the reader upfront you have to deliver. This workshop on two consecutive Saturday s for emerging and established writers explores the purpose, planning, and potential of the all-important first chapter of a novel. We’ll draw from references such as The First Five Pages, by Noah Lukeman, First Paragraphs, by Donald Newlove, and How to Write a Novel, by Nathan Bransford, plus agent takes on the topic. We’ll also cover the varied purposes of first chapters and prologues, how to plan and write them (and when), and how they impact storyline and character development. To the first workshop, participants should bring a completed first chapter or outline, a completed prologue or outline, and questions. This will enable us to, also address revision, toward the goal of a polished first chapter.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 203.227.3250 OR EMAIL INFO@WESTPORTWRITERS.ORG
3 Sylvan Road South, Westport
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 25