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PJ Seminar: In the Beginning: A Master Class on the Power of the First Line, Paragraph, Page of Your Young Adult Novel with Samira Ahmed

$70.00

In this class we will discuss the how the very first lines of your novel raise questions, set expectations, and make promises your novel should fulfill.

Start Date

June 7

Day(s) of the Week

Tuesday

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Location

Zoom (online)

Sessions

1

Price

$70

Instructor

In stock

Description

A novel is a dialogue between the reader and the writer. The first page is the start of that conversation – it hooks your reader and makes them a promise.
In this class we will discuss the how the very first lines of your novel raise questions, set expectations, and make promises your novel should fulfill. The hook in young adult novels is especially critical and that first page speaks to the character, conflict, tone, pace, and voice. That’s a lot! So how do you craft that (almost) perfect first page?
We will examine great first lines in young adult literature taking a deep dive into what intrigues and compels us. Through close reading and exercises we will work on crafting and developing the first lines of your work in progress and talk about how you can make that first page sing for your reader as it sets the foundation for your book. This class is great for those working on a novel or preparing a submission package for querying.
Please come with the first page of your novel-in-progress so we can look at it during class.

About Samira Ahmed

Samira Ahmed is the bestselling author of Love, Hate & Other Filters, Internment, Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know, and Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds, as well as a Ms. Marvel comic book mini-series. Her poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including the New York Times, Take the Mic, Color Outside the Lines, Vampires Never Get Old and A Universe of Wishes.

She was born in Bombay, India, and grew up in Batavia, Illinois, in a house that smelled like fried onions, spices, and potpourri. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Samira has taught high school English in both the suburbs of Chicago and New York City, worked in education non-profits, and spent time on the road for political campaigns.

Samira currently lives in the Midwest. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found on her lifelong quest for the perfect pastry.