How To Hook A Reader From Page One

How To Hook A Reader From Page One

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From catching the eye of a literary agent to securing a sale from a potential reader, we only get one shot at making a first impression. So let's make it GREAT. With Samuel Burr.


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Samuel Burr


Thu, 13 June 2024
07:00 pm  - 08:00 pm



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From £20. See all membership options here

We only get one shot at making a first impression.

From catching the eye of a literary agent to securing a sale from a potential reader, let us help you make your opener great!

Novel openings are some of the hardest things to get right and one of the most important things to master, but we've got your back. In this workshop, Samuel Burr, author of The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers, will discuss introducing characters (without info dumping), setting the tone and selling your voice in those crucial opening pages. 

Who You Are

  • A writer with a draft who wants to make sure they're nailing it before sending it out
  • A writer who wants to get deeper into the craft 
  • A writer who's stuck rewriting the same opener again and again and needs some help to move forward

What You'll Get

An hour long interactive workshop with this year's hotest debut author (and WHQer!) to help you hook your readers in and make that opening as strong as it can be.

What You'll Learn

  • Starting strong with scene setting and irresistable inciting incidents 
  • How to introduce characters without info dumping
  • Nailing and selling your tone and voice 

About Write A Novel Month

Writing a novel is hard. So let’s do it together!

Throughout June, the Writers’ HQ Write A Novel Month will give you the opportunity to explore everything you need to know about novel writing, from drafting, characterisation, editing and everything in between.

We’ll go deep and broad into craft and practice and we’re also going to challenge you to write a wild draft – that’s 1,000 words a day for the entire month of June and see what comes out the other side.

Find out more about Write A Novel Month here >>


About your host / hosts

Samuel Burr

Samuel studied at Westminster Film School and now works as an author and freelance TV executive. He has developed and produced popular-factual shows including Channel 4’s Genderquake and The Greatest Shows on Earth, BBC Two’s Eight Go Rallying and The Secret Life of Cleaners, and the BAFTA-nominated Secret Life of 4-Year-Olds. 
A documentary he shot inside a retirement village when he was eighteen years old launched his career in television and inspired his debut novel, The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers. Samuel’s writing was shortlisted for Penguin’s WriteNow scheme and in 2021 he graduated from the Faber Academy.

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