Beginning Your Novel

We all remember our favourite beginnings of novels – they captivate us, seize us into the story. Opening lines and scenes are vital – if readers aren’t gripped by the first few pages, they might give up the book. How can we create enchanting, exciting openings – and be true to the rest of the book? How much do we need to ‘set up’ characters or future events. Should we use dialogue or description? Is there anything we should not put in the opening few pages? What about the use of prologues? This workshop considers the art of beginning your novel, looks at the beginnings of various novels and the beginnings written by workshop members. Please do bring along any beginnings that you have – we’d love to discuss them.

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