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Hybrid Hillsboro: Writing Chapter One

October 11, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Willamette Writers Hillsboro: Writing Chapter One with D. Wallace Peach

There are a number of perfectly legitimate types of first chapters. Diana will discuss four common ones:

  • The Prolog – An episode that pertains to your story but is in some way outside your main narrative.
  • The Hero-Action Beginning – The hero is onstage, doing something active and interesting related to the story’s core or theme.
  • The In Medias Res Beginning (in the middle of things) – You start deep in the story, and show a bit of activity to intrigue the reader.
  • The Frame Device – Your story is bookended on the front and back by a story that is outside the main story.

Be sure to download this worksheet before the presentation at this link https://willamettewriters.org/worksheets/

About Diana Wallace Peach

Diana Wallace Peach, who lives in Vernonia, OR, is the author of more high fantasy and science fiction books than any of us have toes and fingers (22 books to date). As an author, she was a late starter, who began her writing after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.

Join us at Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR, on October 11, 2022, at 6:00 PM. This meeting will also be on Zoom. Here is the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkcuGtrTgqHtWebMCzB8h1JDczzMjzNmA3


About your chapter meetings

Willamette Writers meetings are open to all writers, 18 and up. Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Guests are welcome to make a donation to help support the cost of the meeting (we believe in paying our speakers for their time and skills). This meeting is run by volunteers. We look forward to seeing you there!

MASKING: Willamette Writers continues to require mask-wearing at our in-person, indoor meetings. If you are unable to mask, we invite you to join us at one of our online Chapter Meetings. Here is a link to our policies.



October 11, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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