Seattle Writes: The First 500 Words

The First 500 Words

Every word in a book is important, but few are more vital to nail than the first 500 words. It’s a surprisingly complex endeavor, and Martha Brockenbrough will show you the six elements you need to master to attract the attention of a literary agent or editor. What’s more, developing the same elements throughout your book will make the work as a whole stronger.

Martha Brockenbrough writes fiction and nonfiction for young readers and adults. Her novel The Game of Love and Death won a Washington State Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award, and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. Forthcoming titles include Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary, the first young-adult biography of the founding father. She teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts writing for children and young adults MFA program.