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The Art of the Start

Beginnings are crucial; if the beginning of a story is weak chances are no one will ever get to the middle, let alone the end. How do you choose the right way to start? How do you craft a beginning that will keep the reader wanting more? This workshop combines critical reading with writing exercises to examine the importance of the opening sentence, opening paragraphs and opening chapters, unpicking what works and why. 


  • When: Saturday 18 May 10am-4pm
  • Where: Online
  • With: Laurel Cohn

About the Tutor

A photo of Laurel Cohn.

Laurel Cohn is a book editor passionate about communication and the power of stories in our lives. As a developmental editor, assessor and writing coach she has been helping writers prepare their work for publication for over three decades. She is a regular workshop presenter for Writers Victoria, Writing NSW, Queensland Writers Centre and Byron Writers Festival. She has a PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies. 

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