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Webinar: Hooking Your Reader: Writing A Killer First Line with Meg Eden

Date(s) - 09/12/2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Webinar: Hooking Your Reader: Writing A Killer First Line with Meg Eden

90 minute Webinar

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central/2 PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Please note: there are a limited number of tickets available to view the webinar live. If you know that you will only be viewing the recording, then please choose the recording-only ticket. 

Optional written critique from Meg Eden following webinar:

  • First Letter OR Query Letter critique (Middle grade fiction, Young adult fiction, or Poetry/novels in verse): $25
  • Manuscript critique (first 10 pages) (Middle grade fiction, Young adult fiction, or Poetry/novels in verse): $70.00

Most editors of both magazines and presses will say that they read the first, last and middle page of a story before deciding if they want to read more. Potential readers are even less forgiving. When I pick up a new book, if the first line doesn’t hook me, I probably won’t continue reading. So how do we snag our readers and make them want to read more? In this workshop, we’ll look at examples of powerful first lines and discuss strategies for selecting a powerful first line. Feel free to bring the first line of your story or novel for a mini first-line “workshop.”


About the presenter:

Meg Eden
Meg Eden’s work is published or forthcoming in magazines including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of five poetry chapbooks, the novel “Post-High School Reality Quest” (2017), and the poetry collection “Drowning in the Floating World” (2020). She runs the Magfest MAGES Library blog, which posts accessible academic articles about video games ( Find her online at or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.


American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for the live webinar by practicum students from the Community College of Baltimore County, working under the supervision of a certified mentor interpreter. To access the interpretation, please register for the workshop below and then email for the interpretation access link.

To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration for the live event will close on September 11.  Registration for recording access will close on September 12.

A recording of the webinar will be available for 30 days after the live event. The recording will be for registered attendees only, so if you can’t make the live event, you can register to view the recording.

Access information for the live webinar will be sent ton the morning of the webinar and access information on the recording will be sent out the following day.

Those who select the registration option with critique must submit their manuscripts by September 20, 2020. Detailed submission instructions will be sent out following the live webinar to those who register for this option. You do not need to submit anything now.