First Impressions Count! A Workshop for Writers & Illustrators

Date(s) - 07/31/2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Argonne Library
4322 N Argonne Rd - Spokane Valley, WA

First Impresiona Count #2


From agents to editors to readers—your first impression is key. Whether you’re writing a novel, nonfiction book, short story, graphic novel or picture book, your first few pages must introduce character and conflict, provide clarity and suspense, make a promise and hook your reader. If you're an illustrator, two or three of your best illustrations will serve as your introduction.

“If I’m not sold on the first five pages, I’m not reading the rest of the book,” says Bess Cozby, acquiring editor, Tor Books. “And I think that’s true across the industry. It’s not because editors and agents don’t love writers and want to read whole books. It’s because there just isn’t time.”

Bring the first 750-words of your manuscript or book proposal and we’ll scrutinize language and structure for these essential elements, tackle exercises to improve voice and tension, plus clarify place, time and mood. Illustrators bring one or two illustrations. If you are a beginner and prefer not to share, you are very welcome to come. We'd love to get to know you!

Join us for this progress-focused interactive workshop led by SCBWI Regional Advisor Mary Cronk Farrell and Kyle Cossairt. Mary is an award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction for young people. Learn more at: Kyle is an illustrator, photographer and writer. Learn more about Kyle at