Novel Beginnings

Saturday, February 25 - 2:00 PM

A novel’s beginning has a lot of work to do. It needs to grab readers’ attention, establish the voice, set the tone, develop characters, get the plot moving, kick off the tension/conflict, and manage reader expectations. Figuring out how to do all that in just a few chapters is a tall order. Join this seminar series to gain a better understanding of what essential elements the beginning of your book needs to succeed as well as insights into how you can weave them seamlessly into your story. 

In the seminars, participants will discuss the key elements of novel beginnings and look at published examples to identify what authors included where and how they made it work effectively. Between sessions, students will complete a series of analytical worksheets and exercises looking at published work similar to what they write and their own fiction (or plans for it). In the last session, we will discuss the completed activities and have ample time for participant questions. Writers already working on a novel as well as those planning to start one will both benefit from this seminar series.

Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer


Event Type
Lecture / Workshop


WriterHouse, Inc.

Date / Time

Saturday, February 25, 2023
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


(434) 282-6643
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