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First Chapters: A Discovery of Witches (with Savannah Gilbo)

Abigail is back with book coach and editor Savannah Gilbo!

Today, Abigail and Savannah sit down to analyze the first chapter of the bestselling fantasy novel A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES by Deborah Harkness. Together, they discuss why these opening pages hook readers—and model other outstanding elements of fiction, some including:

  • A micro-analysis of a well-structured scene (while planting set ups that pay off later in the book)
  • How this chapter sets up expectations for the main stakes in the novel, the genre of the story, and other important details that impact the characters and plot
  • A debate about the Crisis in the scene (and why a Crisis is so important!)
  • Plus, more!

Come study this popular fantasy novel with Savannah and Abigail, and let us know why you think the opening pages hook readers, and encourage them to read more. 


P.S. Do you enjoy analyzing stories and the writing craft? Learn more about Savannah and Abigail's virtual book club, Book Notes—and sign up for their next meeting 


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