CRAFT CLASS: The First 15 Pages

by Anna J Stewart

June 4-29, 2018

How long do you have to catch a reader’s attention? Pages? Paragraphs? A sentence? Whether you’re getting ready to submit or self-publish, your opening pages can make or break the entire book. Have your first 15-20 pages ready for pulling apart and examining all the puzzle pieces needed for an “un-put-down-able” book. Examples from popular novels, movies and TV shows will illustrate everything from character to motivation to the all-important conflict. After the class ends, Anna will do an (optional) final read-through / commentary for students who send her their pages by July 12, checking whether you’ve:

  • Opened with a strong hook in the right place
  • Set the right tone for your genre/sub-genre
  • Established your character’s name, age, situation, goals
  • Identified the conflict for at least one of your main characters
  • Given them appropriate, well-developed motivation
  • Started your book in the right place

A former RWA Golden Heart finalist, Anna J Stewart is a USA Today bestselling hybrid author of sweet to spicy contemporary romance. Since her first sale to Harlequin in 2014, she’s published nine novels and eight novellas. Anna currently writes for Harlequin’s sweet Heartwarming and Romantic Suspense lines, and has also published with Berkley. Next year she plans to launch an urban fantasy romance series (that she still needs to name). Read more at

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