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RWA OWL: Workshop Your First Chapter

Get the most out of your first chapter and hook the reader—or the publisher—on the very first page. In this course, you will workshop your first chapter to develop your characters, plot, themes, style and tone. You’ll learn what makes a great first chapter and how to achieve it for yourself, as well as how to avoid the common pitfalls. Receive one-on-one advice on your story and how to make it better.

This course will run for four weeks. Course materials will be made available at the beginning of the month in the form of mini-lessons in audio files and downloadable PDF notes for each lesson. Tasks and feedback will be staggered throughout the month.

There is a time commitment of 2 hours required to go through materials and on top of this participants can commit as little or as much time as they’d like to the tasks.

Presenters Bio

Sarah Gates is a South Australian writer and digital marketer. She is the author of Love Elimination (Harlequin Australia) and a freelance writer for Junkee, Voiceworks and InDaily. 

Sarah teaches writing workshops at high schools, libraries and state writers centres, and has appeared on panels at National Young Writers Festival and Sydney Writers Festival. 

She can be found at



Course Dates: 2nd to 29th September 2019

Cost: RWA-Member – $55.00 Non RWA-Member – $88.00
* Please note, there is a $0.50 Trybooking fee at checkout.

Venue: Online - RWA Moodle Platform
(Course attendees will be notified of access/login details via email from the OWL Registrar a few days prior to the start date of the course)

RWA OWL Courses
PO Box Q740
Queen Victoria Building
NSW 1230
Contact Details:
Tania Lee
OWL Registrar