Your First Five Pages

Want to know what makes a novel’s first five pages stand out? Even better, want to learn how to apply that knowledge to your fiction writing? In this two-hour interactive workshop for authors of fiction for ages 10 and above, editor Jeni Chappelle will go over the elements necessary for an attention-grabbing first scene and then guide you on how to make them work in your manuscript. There will be a Q&A as well as interactive group critique of a first scene. After the workshop, you'll receive exercises for your manuscript’s first five pages and feedback from Jeni, as well as critique partners.

When: Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 3 pm Eastern

Where: Online via Zoom (you’ll receive a link prior to the workshop)

Cost: $200


- Live video training on elements of first five pages

- Q&A with Jeni

- Interactive critique of a first scene

- Exercises for your own first five pages

- Pairing with a partner to critique each other’s pages

- Feedback from Jeni on your first five pages after you complete your revisions

- A link to the recorded video

This workshop is for authors of fiction for ages 10 and above. All participants have to pay the registration fee before they will be added to the roster. No refunds will be issued for cancellations or those who do not attend the live session, as they will receive the recording, the post-workshop exercises, and the feedback from Jeni. This is a video workshop so a video connection will be required to attend the live session. A link to the Zoom session will be sent once registration and payment have been completed. Zoom is available for computers as well as mobile devices. Spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment plans are available upon request.   


Let’s shape your story. 


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What Authors Have Said About Your First Five Pages Workshop

Jeni's quick-paced workshop on a story's first pages provided rich tips to tighten my opening. Her list is compact, reasonable, and makes logical connections. I love how conversational Jeni is in presenting her ideas. I easily applied her tips and loved her "no-no's" list! The question time gave me a chance to hear other author's insights and how they might apply the ideas.


I highly recommend participating in Jeni's workshop--whether you are a veteran or new writer, you will gain applicable tips to hone your opening pages.


Ellen Mulholland, author of middle grade fantasies

I’ve been through my first five pages hundreds of times, with critique partners and published authors. But Jeni’s hands-on workshop brought a perspective I didn’t even know I needed. Working with other writers on one document was like completing a round robin of edits in one sitting, and that, combined with Jeni’s insight, gave me a multifaceted tool to use on my own during self-revision. I left Jeni’s workshop ready to see the rest of my pages with new eyes.

S.M. Roffey, author and writer at The Good Men Project

I attended Jeni Chappelle's First Five Pages Workshop in July, and, I'm happy to say I'm glad I did. Jeni covered how to hook your reader in the first five pages . I learned so much about voice, tone and mood. Not to mention plotting and how to make a reader really connect with a character. She had tons of recommendations and answered all my questions. I also really liked the hands-on experience of looking at a sample first five pages. Jeni was insightful as the participants of the workshop read through the sample and asked questions. This type of workshop is invaluable to any writer looking to connect more with their readers or hoping to find a literary agent or editor to work with. I can't recommend the workshop enough. 


Melissa Koberlein, indie author

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