Start Your Story Right

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Presented by Lauren Clarke

Course Dates: 7 January — 3 February 2019
Cost: RWA Member—$55. Non-RWA Member—$88.
Venue: Online – RWA Moodle Platform
Booking link:

About the course…

“Let’s start at the very beginning …”
Do you want your first chapters to leap out and grab your reader’s attention, leaving them desperate for more? Make sure your book has the strongest start possible with Start Your Story Right, an online workshop by Lauren Clarke for RWA.
Except to learn:
• How to create a killer hook
• The best way to introduce your characters
• Tips to capture reader attention
• How much back story is yawn-worthy
• Common mistakes we all hate to make
And much, much more.
With lots of feedback from Lauren herself and a heap of worksheets and exercises to help you hone your skills, this is a great course for dedicated authors who want to push their book ahead of the rest. The course will run for four weeks.

Lessons will be disseminated once a week in the form of a downloadable PDF plus some video files. One hour per week is the recommended time committment for participants to benefit from this course. Participants must have an idea for a manuscript that they are bringing to this course, ideally one still in the formative stages so they can apply the skills learned to it. However, this will work for a writer at any stage in their writing process. Feedback will be offered by the presenter on the Moodle forum or via private email if participants prefer.

About the Presenter…

Lauren Clarke is an editor of fact and fiction, specialising in the romance genre. With more than fifteen years experience in the publishing industry, she is passionate about helping writers to create their perfect story.

Lauren works in development, line and copy editing, helping you to finesse your story arc by eliminating plot holes, strengthening your characters and ensuring your pacing keeps readers turning the page. She hosts workshops and masterclasses on different aspects of the writing process and is also available for mentoring and online coaching.For more information, visit

She is presenting RWA OWL, Start Your Story Right, in January 2019. Registrations now open. $55 for members and $88 for non-members.
Bookings can be made here.

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