10/10/2015: Ready, Set, Go!: Creating a Compelling Beginning to your Novel

Creating a Compelling Beginning to your Novel

You have three paragraphs to hook your reader, but a great hook is just the start of a great beginning. You also need a great first scene. In this practical, hands-on workshop, International Bestselling Author and RITA Finalist Robin Perini will discuss the key elements that make up a compelling opening. She’ll cover introducing backstory in an interesting way, setting the tone, creating drama, the structure of that first scene, word choice and much much more.

In addition, you’ll be provided an opportunity for direct feedback from this award-winning author.  Submit your anonymous first three pages (double-spaced and no more than 750 words—and no names please) for Robin’s analysis to programs@leranm.com. She’ll diagnose strengths and weaknesses and give advice to propel your writing to a higher level.

Please submit no later than 9/30/2015.

Note: All submissions will receive comments, but not all will be included in the presentation.

This is a great opportunity to learn the skills that turned Robin Perini’s unpublished manuscripts into RT Top Pick and Seal of Excellence nominated fiction that Publishers Weekly calls “refresh(ing) romantic suspense” and RT Book Reviews calls “riveting … and remarkable.”


IMPORTANT:  The location of the October meeting has changed.  This meeting will be held at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center. Please note that the map to the right shows our normal meeting place NOT the location of the October meeting. 

Optional Lunch at Dions Restaurant from 11:00-12:00

8100 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, 505-857-0100

Successes/Business  12:00-1:00
Presentation/Speaker 1:15-2:55pm*

7521 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113, 505-764-6475

*The North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center closes promptly at 3:00pm. 

Robin Perini

Award-winning, international bestselling author and RITA® finalist, Robin Perini, has hit the Top 5 on Amazon Bestseller lists in the US, UK and Germany. Devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high stakes adventures with a love story sure to melt their hearts, she invites readers to ‘Step into the Crossfire’ with her romantic thriller novels. Robin’s strong characters and tightly woven plots have garnered her numerous awards. After winning the prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® in 2011, she went on to sell fourteen novels in a little over two years, which tests her sanity on a regular basis. Robin lives in Albuquerque and works for an advanced technology corporation as an analyst. You can find out more information at her website www.robinperini.com or visit her on Twitter @RobinPerini, Facebook (RobinPeriniAuthor), Goodreads or Pinterest. Her literary agent is Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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