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RWA Online's Oct Workshop: KILLER OPENINGS

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Killer Openings presented by Alexa Bourne

Class Begins: September 30, 2019

Class Length: Four weeks

Cost: $15 (free for RWA® Online Chapter members)


Registration opens September 16, 2019


Link to registration: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/




Students will learn the importance of a good opening and gain a better understanding of what makes a “killer opening.”  Students will study examples of good and bad openings and discuss why they do or don’t work.  Students will also submit their own opening lines/paragraphs/pages and receive a critique.




Week 1:

Introduction- Class goals, “rules” for proper respectful participation, student


introductions, instructor disclaimer


Importance of openings, what makes a good opening


*Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of good openings & why


they work


Week 2:  

 *Students present examples of good openings & why they work


*Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of bad openings & why they


don’t work.


*Students present examples of bad openings & why they don’t work


Weeks 3:              

*1st lines, then students present examples from own manuscripts, critique


*1st paragraphs- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique


Week 4: *1st page- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique


Discuss makings of a good 1st chapter


(Questions/Catch up- if needed)


Wrap Up-final thoughts, comments, questions




*While each of these lessons has the instructor critiquing the work (whether published examples or student work), I will invite students to comment when they want as long as they are respectful about it and their comments are constructive criticism.


Presenter Bio:


Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance and is thrilled to have the chance to share her love of books with readers everywhere.


When she's not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. She loves to interact with readers, writers, students and colleagues. Learn more about her at www.alexabourne.com.


Deadline to register is September 30, 2019


FMI: http://rwaonlinechapter.org/

Or email Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com

You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class.


Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend

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