Devorah Cutler-Rubenstein


Memoir: Hooking the Reader with Your Very First Words!

You only have minutes to hook a reader – and agents, editors, producers and publishers. If you haven’t captured their interest or created a page-turner they’ll toss your book or script aside and move to the next writer.

What Keeps Agents, Editors, Producers and Readers Reading?

In this weekend intensive you’ll learn how to hook the reader in your first sentence, first paragraph and first chapter (or first “10 pages” of your script.)

From Pulitzer Prize winning Authors to Academy award winning Screenwriters to Emmy award winning TV writers – all of them share the ability to hook their reader within the first few moments of their novel, poem or script. Learn specific tools that can enliven your work so it jumps off the page from the very first few paragraphs or scenes!

Students will produce a fresh opening or a significant revision to their work in progress.

You will finish the workshop with a strong first sentence, first paragraph, first page and a strong outline of your first chapter or 10 pages of your script.

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24

COST: $299


BIO: Former Director of Literary Affairs for Columbia Pictures and VP of Marketing for two international indie distribution companies, Cutler-Rubenstein is an award-winning writer/director/producer turned writer’s coach and CEO of The Script Broker®.  She is an Adjunct Professor at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.

She currently specializes in helping writers (of all genres) find their niche in the global marketplace using her contacts, marketing tools and social networking as a launch pad for getting discovered by agents, publishers and readers.

Recently she taught pitching tools and social media strategies for Women In Film, NATPE, The Writer’s Store, La Femme Film Festival, Hollywood Black Film Festival, and InkTip’s Writer’s Summit conference.Hollywood & Vine Magazine has dubbed her the “Premier Pitching Coach.”

She just launched “Ready To Option,” hosted by her production company Noble House Entertainment, a staged-reading series for writers and actors, held semi-annually at her new “Open Space On Melrose” in West Hollywood.  The Open Space On Melrose is a forum for novelists, screenwriters, playwrights to develop and present material to agents, managers and production companies for potential acquisition.