Fantastic First Lines

Live training below, with Lindz McLeod.

About the training

Using various tips and tricks, author Lindz McLeod will guide you through the art of writing a fantastic first line. Taking inspiration from song lyrics, novel openers, and short story first lines, we’ll break down the magician’s routine step by step until you too can perform the slight of hand required to make that first line look effortless.

About Lindz McLeod

Lindz McLeod is a queer, working-class, Scottish writer and editor who dabbles in the surreal. 

She was the Competition Secretary of the Edinburgh Writers’ Club from 2019-2023, and was elected as the Club President in 2023. She is a fiction reader for both the Edinburgh Flash Fiction Awards and Edinburgh Short Story Awards, as well as part of the judging panel for the 2023 Parsec competition and the sole judge for the 2023 Elegant Literature competition. Lindz is an experienced freelance editor and writing coach for both fiction and non-fiction, as well as an experienced workshop host. She is a Rogue Mentor to six talented prose writers as well as one talented playwright via We Are Here. Additionally, she is a full member of the SFWA, the Scottish Writers Association, and the Federation of Writers (Scotland). She has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart prize multiple times, as well as for Best Small Fictions. 

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