Write Brain: Opening Pages That Lead to Yes, with Angie Hodapp

Apr 19, 2022 — 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM

If your query letter or in-person pitch got you a request for sample pages, but your sample pages didn’t get you a request for a full manuscript, what went wrong? In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore what agents are looking for in your opening pages and how to craft evocative beginnings that get your full manuscript read. You’ll learn:

  • The importance of establishing character, setting, and voice on page one
  • How your opening image or scene should relate to your story’s overall structure
  • How to introduce story questions that entice rather than confuse the reader
  • How to recognize and avoid cliché openings
  • What starting in medias res really means—and, more importantly, what it doesn’t mean.

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Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp

Angie Hodapp, the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency is a story geek with an eye for what works and the ability to articulate various ways authors can take their writing and storytelling to the next level. She believes in the power of story to elevate, transform, and heal, and loves to be anywhere writers are gathered.

With a passion for teaching, Angie has worked in professional writing, editing, and education for more than twenty years. A frequent presenter at writing conferences and events, and the author of Query Craft and Do You Need a Literary Agent, she loves helping writers improve their craft and learn about the ever-changing world of publishing.