ONLINE Your First 30 Pages: What Agents and Publishers Look for
So, your query passed the gatekeepers? Now you have a maximum of 30 pages to wow that agent or publisher. If your first 10, 20, 30 pages don’t promise a fulfilling experience, you’ll soon land back in the slush pile.
This micro-workshop will help your work stand out. We’ll talk about:
- Have you started in the most appropriate place? Nail your opening!
- Maximizing the stories inciting incident
- Ensuring you have created characters we care about
- Enriching your dialogue
- Ensuring your sentences are as tight as they can be
The workshop will benefit newer writers who are pitching their first or second manuscripts or looking to do so in the next year. All fiction genres welcome. You should already have a first draft of a manuscript to work on in the workshop. This class is designed to help make your first 30 pages the best they can be.
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Rayanne Haines is an award-winning, multi-genre author of six traditionally published books in poetry, non-fiction, and genre fiction. Her writing has appeared in Fiddlehead, Freefall, Funicular, and Indefinite Space among others. She is the Alberta/NWT rep for the League of Canadian Poets and a 2019 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award recipient. She has taught classes on building query letters, writing trauma, character development, dialogue and relationship building as well as using poetry to enhance your fiction, for high schools, writing groups and organizations like the Canadian Authors Association and the University of Alberta. Rayanne’s current work focuses on mental health and intergenerational female trauma. Tell the Birds your Body is Not a Gun (her second poetry collection) releases April 30th with Frontenac House.