One of the two most stressful parts of completing a novel-in-progress is nailing the opening. It’s also one of the most important parts of any book. Whether you’re submitting to a publisher or an agent or securing promotional events or trying to sell your book in the store, capturing a reader in those opening lines and pages is a critical part of getting them to take your book home. Whether you’re writing memoir or fiction, writing brilliant beginnings requires effective decision-making and careful, intentional edits. In this workshop, writers will look at a few sample works while exploring a series of important questions — some for the early stages of writing and some for those critical fine-tuning stages near the end – all with a singular goal: grabbing the reader’s attention from the very first page.