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RWA® Online Presents

Killer Openings

Presented by Alexa Bourne
February 2 - 27, 2015

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About the Class:

Students will learn the importance of a good opening and gain a better understanding of what makes a “killer opening.” Students will study examples of good and bad openings and discuss why they do or don’t work. Students will also submit their own opening lines/paragraphs/pages and receive a critique.

Week 1: Introduction - Class goals, rules for proper respectful participation, student introductions, instructor disclaimer, importance of openings, what makes a good opening

*Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of good openings & why
they work

Week 2: *Students present examples of good openings & why they work
*Instructor presents examples (from different genres) of bad openings & why they don’t work

*Students present examples of bad openings & why they don’t work

Weeks 3: *1st lines, then students present examples from own manuscripts, critique
*1st paragraphs- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique

Week 4: *1st page- Students present examples from own manuscripts, critique
Discuss makings of a good 1st chapter (Questions/Catch up- if needed).

Wrap Up-final thoughts, comments, questions

*While each of these lessons has the instructor critiquing the work (whether published examples or student work), I will invite students to comment when they want as long as they are respectful about it and their comments are constructive criticism.


About the Instructor: 

Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance and is thrilled to have the chance to share her love of books with readers everywhere.

When she's not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. She loves to interact with readers, writers, students and colleagues. Learn more about her at www.alexabourne.com.
 

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Registration Period: January 19 - February 4, 2015

 Registration Deadline: February 4, 2015
 

Note: Email us at workshops@rwaonlinechapter.org (or fisc40pa@aol.com)  for questions. Workshops are archived for approximately two weeks after the course ends.

Fee: $15 

RWA Online Chapter Members ONLY receive free workshops.  No registration required for chapter members.

 Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! Checks and money orders also accepted, but register early and mail your payment promptly. No person will be allowed in unless payment is received.

 Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops).  Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.

Instructions for login are presented after the registration page (or to return to the login instructions, CLICK HERE. The workshop is available for up to one week after the end date and a downloadable archive of the workshop will be available the week following the workshop.

 

About RWA® Online Chapter Workshops

RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.  Please read the instructions below to understand our process:

1.  You must register for the workshop using the registration links above.  This is the only way to get the information on how to access the workshop site.

2.  All workshop participants must be registered on the website message boards located under the News and Members Only tab above.  NON-CHAPTER MEMBERS:  Follow the instructions on the page you get AFTER your workshop registration.  Both login and payment information is available there.  If you forget and need to go back to those instructions, click here.

3. A couple of days before the workshop, you will be emailed reminders on the workshop and where to find it.  If you forget, click here to take you to the workshop discussion boards or use the WORKSHOP FORUM ACCESS link above.  If you are NOT a registered user of our bulletin boards, all you will see is our GUEST LOUNGE and NEWS forums.  Once your login is approved, you will also see a WORKSHOP CHECK-IN forum.  The actual workshop forum will not open until the day prior to the workshop start date.

4.  The workshop presenter will post discussion and lecture information, as appropriate, on the first day of the workshop.  Participants are encouraged to respond to the discussion topics.

5.  Because the workshop is a professional activity designed to further participants writing skills, we request that social chit-chat be kept to a minimum. 

6.  Postings deemed inappropriate in content will be deleted without warning to the message author.

7.  Otherwise, we hope everyone who participates in the workshop has fun and learns a lot.  Please remember to thank our guest presenters who take time out of their schedules to provide their wisdom and guidance.

8. If you have any questions, please email If you have questions, feel free to contact us     for more information.