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On Your Mark, Get Set:  Starting Your Novel in the Right Place

On Your Mark, Get Set will help you pinpoint where your story really begins and help you cull that extraneous back history from the opening, saving it for where it really matters, the rest of the book.

Presented by Catherine Chant Aprill 3 - 28, 2017 Fee:  $15 for non-RWAOL chapter members Free for RWAOL chapter members Registration opens March 20, 2017 

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Add Class Reminder to Calendar 2017-04-03 12:00:00 2017-04-28 18:00:00 America/Chicago On Your Mark Workshop with Catherine Chant at RWA Online On Mark, Get Set: Starting Your Novel in the Right Place presented by Catherine Chant http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/Boards RWA Online workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org

about the Class

It’s often said that your opening chapters are the hardest part of a book to write. Why? Because you’re trying to do so much in that small area–convey the setting, introduce characters, set up the conflict–that it’s easy to get bogged down in too much unnecessary information. It’s also very easy to lose sight of where your story actually begins and end up with opening chapters filled with backstory and character history that are better used elsewhere in the book. Over the course of five lessons, you’ll explore character backstory and GMC (goal, motivation, conflict) and use them to pinpoint your story’s inciting incident (a.k.a. the true beginning of your book). Each lesson includes a writing exercise and instructor feedback.

About the instructor

Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She writes rock 'n' roll romantic fiction and stories with paranormal twists for young adults. She worked for fifteen years at Boston College as a computing & communications consultant before becoming a full-time writer and online educator. Her young adult rock 'n' roll time travel series is available at Amazon.com. She has also written two Vampire Diaries novellas for Amazon's Kindle Worlds program, and is working on a new young adult novel. She teaches several online workshops for writers throughout the year.

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