Tutorials for today's writer

First Five Pages Critiqued

Master Instructor

Jodi Henley

Start: AUGUST 9, 2017

at 09:00 AM Eastern Time

End: SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

  • Classroom opens 24 hrs before
    workshop begins
  • Classroom remains open for 20
    days after end of workshop

I signed up for Jodi's workshop on transformational arcs because of specific comments from two acquiring editors. Jodi took the time to understand my situation, the editorial feedback, and my novella, including what I could (and should) realistically accomplish in that length piece. I didn't expect to receive such detailed one-on-one feedback.

Kristi Weldon


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Registration Fee



Registration Fee


LIMIT: Unlimited

Aug 08 ~ 11:59 PM
Eastern Time

Jodi Henley is a developmental editor based in the Seattle area, Jodi specializes in character-driven fiction, and is well-known for her ability to turn theory into practical, usable bites. A big fan of the transformational character arc, emotional structure and backstory, Jodi spends her days utilizing the information in her workshops. Jodi believes that there is no one size fits all approach to learning, and has dedicated her workshops to helping people learn in a way that works for them.

Description of Workshop:

Readers, editors and agents often stop reading by the end of the first 5 pages. Why does that happen? The story took too long to get moving, the readers didn't engage with the character, the opening was confusing, there was too much information, there wasn't enough information, they weren't hooked enough to continue ... and so on. There are a lot of reasons to put a story down. It's your job to force that reader to keep turning pages. Professional editor Jodi Henley can pinpoint issues quickly and give you specifics for improving your opening. There's a saying in the publishing business that "the opening sells the first book and the ending sells the next book." You may have an explosive story deeper in, but the reader will never know if they stop short. Take advantage of this special offer to have the first 5 pages of your story reviewed by an editor who knows what she's doing. Grab your readers from page one and don't let go of them.

What is required to be prepared for this class?

Fiction and Nonfiction welcome. Bring a word document of your first 5 pages (only) and in proper manuscript format: Double spaced, 1" borders all around, 12 pt font (normally Courier or Times New Roman). You don't have to stop in the middle of a sentence. Find a good place to stop after the end of a sentence within those five pages. An additional word document containing the last chapter and synopsis is strongly suggested. If a synopsis and last chapter are not available, simply provide information on your planned ending to get the most out of this workshop. Additional pages will not be critiqued. Once you enter the classroom (it opens 24 hours before the workshop starts) you'll find a place to load your homework where only you and Jodi will be able to access the pages.

Will there be homework and feedback?


Additional Information:

You may enter this workshop at any point during time it is available. You can submit your 5 pages until the last day of the workshop. The classroom will remain open for 20 additional days after the workshop ends so that you can review any comments posted. This will also allow Jodi time to complete your material and return it to you. If you would like to discuss your pages, comments or revise your material for a second look, you are welcome to do so.

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