Beautiful Beginnings, Brilliant Endings

Wednesday, August 24th, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Eastern

Level Intermediate

Learn how beautiful beginnings hook the reader and brilliant endings keep them thinking about your work.


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First sentence. First paragraph. First page. Decisions are made there: will a reader keep going? Will an editor want more? We’ll explore how to open your book, essay or article with compelling, tight prose and powerful situations to orient and immerse your reader right away, making them eager to read on and stick with your story to the end.

Great endings are often deceptively simple—and hard to do. How can we avoid summarizing, moralizing, and over-explaining? We’ll look at creating last lines and moments that give final twists, admissions, and unexpected empathy to leave the reader breathless and satisfied, thinking about your work long after closing the book or clicking away.

In this webinar, you will:

  • LEARN three common mistakes that lead to first-page rejections, and how to fix them.
  • DISCOVER the biggest ending traps–moralizing, summarizing and over-explaining–and what to do instead.
  • APPLY these concepts to your own work in progress.

There will be time for a Q & A at the end of the presentation.

This webinar is for:

  • Writers with a great middle, unsure how to open or end their book or essay.
  • Writers who want to powerfully open their work, and end it leaving the reader thinking.
  • Writers with a lower-than-10% acceptance rate for submissions.
  • Writers who’d like their work to immediately capture attention and engage agents, editors and readers.
  • Writers with a piece that’s been widely submitted and rejected.

All registrants receive a recording.

Closed captioning will be available.

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I enjoyed reading other peoples work and getting feedback about my own work– the handouts/video links and class lessons were also very informative and relevantly paced to the give structural guidelines.

Catherine O’Neill