Kim Moritsugu does Flash Assessments of Manuscript First Pages

The opening page of your story, novel, or narrative non-fiction work is the most important page you write, since acquisition editors, literary agents and potential readers often decide whether or not to keep reading based on the first page.

Join novelist, Humber School for Writers creative writing instructor and seasoned first page assessor Kim Moritsugu as she publicly assesses the effectiveness, strengths and weaknesses of first pages submitted anonymously by participants and gives editing advice on those pages based on her publishing and teaching experience.

Pages submitted for assessment should be double-spaced, in a 12 point serif font, should include a headline that identifies its genre (for example: Mystery, Literary, Suspense, Memoir, Young Adult, Fantasy, etc.) Only one page per person, please.

Optional Workshop before the luncheon meeting: 10:00 a.m.


Learn about the five objectives that strong story beginnings should achieve, look at a few examples from published work, and write and share a writing exercise designed to help you move your story forward.

Kim Moritsugu worked for several years in middle management and graduated from the University of Toronto M.B.A. program shortly before quitting her job to write fiction fulltime. She is the author of four novels: the romantic comedy Looks Perfect (shortlisted for the Toronto Book award); the domestic comedy Old Flames, the mystery The Glenwood Treasure (shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award); and the comedy of manners The Restoration of Emily (serialized on CBC Radio’s Between the Covers). Her fifth novel, The Oakdale Dinner Club, a domestic comedy about food, infidelity and telepathy, will be published in 2013. She also leads a walking tour for Heritage Toronto and teaches creative writing at The Humber School for Writers.


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