First Lines: How to Hook the Reader In


Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 6 to 8 p.m. (EST)/3 to 5 p.m. (PT). How do you create an create an opening that convinces the reader your story is worth reading? The first few lines of any story have a big job to do. How can we make them memorable? Join instructor Darcey Gohring for this two-hour interactive class. Through selected excerpts from books, memoirs, and personal essays students will gain an understanding of what makes a great hook. A series of writing exercises will help students learn surefire techniques to engage the reader from the start. 

Class Details

Cost: $59

Format: Virtual

Class Start: Wednesday, January 24, 2024 from 6 to 8 p.m. (EST)/3 to 5 p.m. (PT).

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About the Instructor

Darcey Gohring has 25 years of professional writing and editing experience. She is the host of the Zibby Mag Online Writing Community. For six years, Darcey was the managing editor of a lifestyle magazine and has held almost every position in the editorial field. She specializes in personal narrative and memoir. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, HuffPost, Business Insider, Scary Mommy, among others. Her essay “Looking Back at Cancer and Coronavirus” was recently nominated for a Zibby Award. She was a contributing writer for the anthology, Corona City: Voices From an Epicenter, where she shared her experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer in the first few weeks of the pandemic. Darceyleads writing workshops and has served as the keynote speaker for conferences all over the northeastern United States. Visit for more. 

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