Write a Fabulous First Page: Tips and Techniques for Crafting Your Book’s Best Beginning

Rebecca Pickens, Certified Book Coach & Developmental Editor, says a novel’s first page should shine! Discover tips and techniques to ensure your novel’s beginning hooks readers and grabs agents’ attention.


Target Audience:
This presentation is for those motivated to finish (or start!) writing their books. Writers at all levels are welcome. We’ll explore what it takes to write a polished first page that hooks agents and grabs the attention of ideal readers.

Learning Objectives:
• Explore the fundamental elements agents and audiences look for in a story’s opening. These include setting, tone, tension, optimal
starting points, and compelling protagonists.
• Discover ways to synthesize these elements seamlessly, so they become a natural part of the story you want to tell.
• Identify story speedbumps that can slow a novel’s beginning.

Participants receive a free PDF workbook with exercises to practice the techniques discussed.

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Rebecca Pickens

Rebecca Pickens, Certified Book Coach & Developmental Editor

Rebecca Pickens is a writer in northern NY. During the long winters there, she writes literary fiction. In the bright bursts of summer, her attention turns to flash fiction. Her short stories have been nominated for the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers and, most recently, The Pushcart Prize. She is currently at work on a novel. Rebecca is also a book coach and developmental editor who feels privileged to work with new writers, seasoned storytellers, and all the folks in between. She is passionately committed to helping fiction and nonfiction writers develop sustainable habits and techniques to ensure they write bravely, boldly, and beautifully with maximum efficiency and success.

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