What: Sweet 16 – The First Lines of Your Manuscript
Who: Chris Mandeville
When: February 20th, 6:15 – 8:15pm
Where: Venue@21c (upper floor, to the right if coming in the upper entrance) of Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920
More Information: The first sixteen lines of your manuscript are perhaps the most important in your entire book because when you submit a manuscript to an editor or agent formatted according to industry standards, Page One contains the first sixteen lines of your story. Whether or not the editor or agent turns the page or rejects the submission often hinges on what’s in those sixteen lines. Page One must “pass the sniff test” if the reader is going to proceed. The same is true for self-published authors who bypass agents and publishing houses—that crucial first page must capture the reader’s attention.
In this workshop, Chris provides guidelines, strategies, and advice for how to make your opening sixteen lines pass the “sniff test,” using first pages from published works as examples. She will also provide critiques of first pages read aloud by attendees, and will demonstrate and discuss general guidelines for productive, healthy critiquing. Please bring your sixteen lines in standard manuscript format.* This is great prep if you’re planning to do a “Read & Critique” session at Pikes Peak Writers Conference!
*Standard Manuscript Format Guidelines can be found at www.chrismandeville.com under “Tips and Info for Writers.”
About the Presenter: Chris writes science fiction/fantasy and nonfiction for writers. She’s the Conference Director for Superstars Writing Seminars, served as Pikes Peak Writers’ president, and has taught writing workshops for 10+ years. Her books include 52 Ways to Get Unstuck: Exercises to Break Through Writer’s Block and Seeds: a post-apocalyptic adventure. Her young adult time travel series debuts in May with In Real Time. chrismandeville.com