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Baiting the Hook: Nabbing the Reader With Your First Page

  • 04 Oct 2014
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Torrance Airport Meeting Room 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505

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Baiting the Hook: 

Nabbing the Reader 

With Your First Page

Former St. Martin’s Press editor, Mollie Traver, and bookseller/author Catherine Linka team up for a workshop on writing first pages that will hook agents, editors and young readers. Mollie and Catherine will give you insider insights along with solid advice on how to tackle those critical pages, before providing specific feedback about your first pages. A brief writing exercise will be included. Workshop participants need to bring 2 copies of the first page of their manuscript AND a plot synopsis of 450 words or less. 

*Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and copies of the speakers' book A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS


ABOUT THE SPEAKERS








CATHERINE LINKA is the author of the YA novel, A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS. An MFA grad of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, she's also the Children's and YA Buyer for an independent bookstore in Southern California, and has spent almost 100 hours listening to tweens and teens talk about what they love and hate in books.










MOLLIE TRAVER is a freelance editor and writer and a former editor at St. Martin’s Press, where she specialized in young adult fiction of all kinds, and worked with a host of wonderful authors, including Catherine Linka, Amy Kathleen Ryan, Jenna Black and Jana Oliver. Mollie graduated from Stanford University with a degree in creative writing, a serious relationship with black coffee, and a passion for helping shape other writers’ work.



Date: October 4, 2014, Saturday

Time: 1 - 4 PM

Venue: Torrance Airport Meeting Room, 3301 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505

*$10 Discount for CBW-LA Members when you pay online

*$5 Discount for CBW-LA Members when you pay at the door 

*Fee includes workshop materials, handouts, worksheet and copies of the speakers' book A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS



ABOUT THE BOOK



Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl’s life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters’ safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to "protect" young women, is taking over the choices they make.

Like all her friends, Avie still mourns the loss of her mother, but she’s also dreaming about college and love and what she’ll make of her life. When her dad "contracts" her to marry a rich, older man to raise money to save his struggling company, her life suddenly narrows to two choices: Be trapped in a marriage with a controlling politician, or run. Her lifelong friend, student revolutionary Yates, urges her to run to freedom across the border to Canada. As their friendship turns to passion, the decision to leave becomes harder and harder. Running away is incredibly dangerous, and it’s possible Avie will never see Yates again. But staying could mean death.

From Catherine Linka comes this romantic, thought-provoking, and frighteningly real story, A Girl Called Fearless, about fighting for the most important things in life are freedom and love. 

 


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