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The opening of your story is the most important part of your work—because if the beginning doesn't work, editors, agents, and readers alike stop reading, and the rest of your story doesn't matter. In this one-of-a-kind session, agent and author Paula Munier reveals the secrets of a great opening—from word one to plot point one. You'll learn how to construct first lines, first scenes, and first acts that keep readers reading while you put your characters in play, jumpstart your plot, and build narrative thrust. Inspired by Munier's new book Beginnings: How to Craft Story Openings that Impress Agents, Engage Editors, and Captivate Readers, this interactive class offers surefire strategies to start your story off right—complete with dos and don'ts, checklists, and a first-line contest.