#Writing #Workshop: Your Novel’s First Five Pages

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Want to make your novel’s opening shine and grab an agent’s or editor’s attention? We’ve got the class for you! This workshop is designed for both beginners and experienced writers.

Your Novel’s First Five Pages
Instructor: Karen Duvall
Dates: January 6-17, 2014
Cost: $10 for YARWA members ($20 for non-members)

TO REGISTER go to: http://yarwa.com/programs

About the Course: It’s vital that your novel hook readers within the first 5 pages because that’s what it takes to reel them in and keep them reading. Make those pages count from the very first sentence.

In this 2-week course, I’ll cover methods to aid you in creating the start of a compelling tale that will engage readers and convince them to stay for the long haul. Homework and exercises will be assigned throughout the course.

Areas that will be covered include:

-Frequent mistakes and how to avoid them

-Start the story in the right place

-Introduce pivotal characters your reader will connect with

-The importance of revealing genre right away

-Make all 5 senses count

-Ground the reader in your setting

-How voice determines your story’s tone

-Establish the inciting incident

-Create tension and conflict right away

-The importance of clarity and context

About the Instructor: Karen Duvall is an award-winning author with 4 published novels and 2 novellas. Harlequin Luna published her Knight’s Curse series last year, and her post apocalyptic novella, Sun Storm, was recently released in Luna’s ‘Til The World Ends anthology in 2013. Karen has presented writing workshops for a number of conference venues including RMFW’s Colorado Gold Conference, Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Bend Christian Writers Conference, and the Central Oregon Writers Guild. She also teaches online workshops for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Karen lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four incredibly spoiled pets. She is currently working on a new contemporary fantasy romance series.

TO REGISTER go to: http://yarwa.com/programs

For any questions, please contact Lea Nolan, YARWA VP of Programs at vp-programs (at) YARWA (dot) com or Aileen Fish, YARWA Workshop Coordinator at aileen (at) aileenfish (dot) com

Interested in joining YARWA? Click here to learn more: http://yarwa.com/join-yarwa

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