Saturday, May 1, 2021

Beginning Right – How to open your novel, an online workshop, Saturday, May 15

Beginning Right – How to open your novel

Saturday, May 15, 2021
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Online and accessible wherever there’s Internet

Every page of your novel is important, but if agents and editors aren’t immersed in your story by the end of the first page, they’re not going to read the rest. If a reader isn’t hooked by the end of the first paragraph, she puts your book back and picks another off the shelf. This workshop is dedicated to writing openings that will catch the interest of agents, editors, and readers alike, and get your novel off to the great beginning it deserves.

Special opportunity: Bring your own first couple of pages – the first 500 words or so. You don't need to prepare anything, but if you like, email me your piece prior to our workshop. We want to do some peer critiquing for everyone, and I will critique several pieces so everyone can see what works, what doesn’t and how to improve your piece. 

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Saint John. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get published. 

Read reviews of Brian's workshops, classes, and writing retreats here (and scroll down).

Fee: $37.17 + hst = $42 paid in advance 

This workshop will be offered on Zoom. Orientation provided, but you will need a computer, tablet or smartphone with a mic and, preferably, a camera {i.e. a webcam}. 

To reserve a spot now, email:

See Brian’s complete current schedule hereincluding online and in-person writing workshops, weekly writing classes, and weekend retreats in Algonquin Park, Alliston, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Georgina, Guelph, Hamilton, Jackson’s Point, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Southampton, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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