Blast off Beginnings

August 5, 2020 – August 30, 2020 all-day
Online workshop Coordinator

Description: Writing Opening Chapters That Take Readers along for the Ride!

In this month-long online class, New York Times best-selling author Angela Knight discusses how to write a beginning that will have readers clicking the BUY button.

Knight examines the elements that engage the reader’s curiosity and make her care about your characters. She will explain how to design and execute a fantastic story that will land you on your readers’ auto-buy lists.

Lessons in this month-long online class will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students may email scenes to Angela for a critique and suggestions. This won’t be shared with the class.

  1. Introduction — why the first chapter matters
  2. 10 First Chapter Tips
  3. Building your book’s conflict launchpad
  4. Internal conflict without navel-gazing
  5. Romantic conflict for smart characters
  6. External conflict without wimps
  7. Make me care
  8. Brainstorming the perfect scene to introduce your hero or heroine
  9. First lines and first pages
  10. The heroic couple’s first scene together
  11. The villain’s first scene
  12. Plotting your course

Instructor: Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, Changeling Press, and Loose Id. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later, she read The Wolf and the Dove and fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela’s publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name.

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