Creating Great Novel Beginnings – 3 Classes With Les Edgerton

by Kenny Wallace

LES EDGERTON, well-known writer, writing teacher, and author of HOOKED: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go, is teaching a StoneHouse University 3-class series on creating great novel beginnings. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the best writing teachers around! These are online classes (webinars), so anyone with an internet connection can participate.

Note: Registration for all 3 classes isn’t required, but is highly recommended. You must register for each class separately.

Class 1 – Creating a Great Beginning for Your Novel—Basic Elements

Tues June 26 10-noon MDT | $32 before 6/9, $50 after

* How openings have changed profoundly over the past decade.

* The basic elements of great openings and what’s important about each and how to achieve them.

* The inciting incident—what it is and why it’s crucial to understand this most important of all elements.

* Why backstory and setup “kill” novel openings.

* Creating surface and story-worthy problems and how they’re related.

* The differences between scenes and sequels and why everything truly important in a novel needs to be delivered via scene.

Class 2 – Creating a Great Beginning for Your Novel—Red Flag Openings

Wed June 27 10-noon MDT | $32 before 6/9, $50 after

* Five openings that almost always doom the story.

* Misconceptions about the two most important characters in a novel—the protagonist and the antagonist.

* The causality of plot.

* Why theme is unimportant when writing a novel’s first draft.

* How a publishable plot is constructed.

* Creating a road map for your novel—an outline that works and consists of 15-20 words.

Class 3 – Putting It All Together—Creating a Great Beginning and Using These Techniques Throughout the Novel

* When exposition/summary are used and when they shouldn’t be.

* Exploring that “all of a piece” that Flannery O’Connor defines a great story by and how to achieve it.

* Discussion of literary and writer’s terms and why they aren’t understood properly.

* Creating a novel from the template of the first 10-15 pages.

About Les Edgerton

Well-known writer and writing teacher Les Edgerton has had dozens and dozens of his personal students secure top agents and sell their books to a great many publishers, and thousands more have used the techniques from his hugely-popular classic writer’s text, HOOKED: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go to gain an agent and get their books taken as well.

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