Instructor: Laura Drake
January 6 – 26, Fee: $65
We all know what it’s like to pick up a book and be sucked into the fictional world. You sense that you can trust the author and suspend disbelief to go on a journey. But how do your favorite authors do that? In this class you will have lessons and homework. You will get input from the instructor as well as other students. You will walk away with a solid, compelling, well-polished start to your novel.
What you’ll learn:
- Why character is more important than plot
- The difference between starting with conflict vs starting with crisis
- When you need a prologue, and when you don’t
- What makes a great first sentence
- How to find your inciting incident
- The important factors of a good beginning
- Tools learned here will advance your craft of writing
Who should take this course:
- Writers who have written a beginning
- Submitting writers who want their beginning to shine
- Contest entrants
- Writers wanting to improve their craft
Laura Drake, 2014 RITA Winner for Best First Novel, doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. After a total of three novels, and 417 queries, in June of 2011, she scored an agent — Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill and Associates.
She now has twelve published novels. The first, The Sweet Spot, won the 2014 RWA RITA for Best First Book. When she isn’t writing, she speaks to writers groups and teaches online. She is a founder of Women’s Fiction Writers Association as well as the Award-Winning, Writers in the Storm Blog. Laura is a multi-Margie immersion grad. She credits Margie with taking her from ‘good’ to ‘sold’!
Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.