Hooking your reader again and again with Kathy Otten

Plot-Structure Hooking your reader again and again with Kathy Otten

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  1. Structure
  2. GMC
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Class Length
2 Weeks
It's a crowded market out there. There are thousands of books being released each week. Does your hook stand out?

The Hook - It's one small line in the grand scheme of things, but it is arguably THE most important line we write for the book. Cliffhangers - Absolutely essential in this day and age. You're competing with TikTok and SnapChat. The 24-hour breaking news and Facebook--all forms of quick and easy entertainment. Let's not even mention Netflix! And what about that last chapter? If your last chapter doesn't fulfill, entice and propel a reader to the next book in your series, that reader is going elsewhere--and that's the last thing you want. You want to be associated with the word autobuy.

And you do that by hooking your reader again and again.

In this two-week class, award-winning author Kathy Otten will teach you how to grab your reader and keep them turning the pages. It all starts with a hook, but it ends with the very last sentence. You'll learn the elements of a knock-out opening, and whether you should have a prologue. You'll also learn the aspects of an engaging cliffhanger, and how to snatch the reader's interest chapter after chapter. There will also be time to share your hook with the instructor and your classmates to see how strong your hook is, and if it can be made stronger.
Week One:
Lesson I Welcome/Introductions
  • What is a hook?
Lesson II Prologues
  • Yes/No
Lesson III Openings
  • Red Flags
  • Elements of a good opening
Week Two:
Lesson IV Keep the reader hooked
  • Power words
  • End of Chapter hooks
Lesson V End of book hooks
  • Satisfy the reader
Lesson VI Summary
  • Final questions
Class Format
Savvy Authors' workshops are held on a forum: a bulletin board based system. You will receive a reminder notice one day prior to the start of the workshop that includes instructions on how to access the workshop forum. If you have not received instructions by the day the workshop begins, please check your spam filter.

The forum will be available the morning (EST) of the day the workshop starts and will remain accessible to all participants thereafter. You will also be given simple instructions on how to create a PDF of all your discussions along with our privacy and data retention policy.
Kathy Otten
Start date
Aug 22, 2022 at 9:00 AM
End date
Sep 4, 2022 at 12:50 AM
Registration end date
Aug 24, 2022 at 12:50 AM
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