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A Word about First Word


Lisa Cron
Lisa Cron, author of
Wired for Story

This October, for the 24th Annual NINC Conference, we will get things started with the Thursday open-to-all session now officially known as First Word. It is our hope to get all attendees in the mood for the weekend to come by jumping in with a full day of programming that will take us back to our basics. That is, back to how all of us got started, of course, with the writing itself. After all, nothing else can happen until our stories are first committed to paper…or screen.

NINC is reminding members that one of our first guest speakers to commit to the conference and, in particular, First Word is Lisa Cron. Lisa is a writing instructor, story consultant, and author. She’s spent a decade in publishing and has been a literary agent, television producer, and story analyst for Hollywood studios. She teaches in the world-renowned UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and helps writers, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs wrangle the story they’re telling onto the page. She’s the author of Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence. Here is what Lisa has to say about her program for First Word on Thursday, October 24th:

“Every writer wants two things: to tell a story that hooks readers and never lets them go, and to find a way to accomplish that without going through the long slog of endlessly writing draft after draft. This workshop will give you actionable ways to meet both goals. We’ll examine the five steps to take before you start writing that will save you months (or years) of hard work, not to mention heartache and frustration. Instead of rooting around in your plot for the story, you’ll unearth the key story elements    

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