Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

November 14, 2020 Chapter Meeting with Tiffany Liao, Editor – Perfecting Your First Page

Date(s) - 11/14/2020 - 11/15/2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Registration is re-opened through Sunday for those who missed registering in time to attend and wish to receive the recording of Tiffany Liao great Chapter Meeting presentation.


November 14, 2020

2 – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Season Ticket holders and On-Line Registrations please watch your e-mail for the Zoom link being sent out this Thursday, 11/12/20 in the evening. If you don’t see it, please check your SPAM/JUNK file and any other email addresses you have before  contacting ARA Debbie Snyder at

Tiffany Liao, Editor with Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Perfecting Your First Page

What makes a good first paragraph? How can you establish your character and world while avoiding the dreaded Infodump? Is it true you should always begin a chapter with action? We’ll look at some different examples of beginning lines that work — and some that don’t — and learn how to craft an opening passage that will hook the reader. We’ll be doing in-class exercises.

Attendees are encouraged to bring the first page of their works-in-progress.


  Tiffany Liao is an Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Previously, she worked as an Associate Editor at Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House. A Bay Area native, Tiffany now resides in Brooklyn where she continues to pine for a good avocado. She (mostly) tweets about bookish things at @tiff_liao.


If you are a SCBWI member facing financial hardship due to Covid, please contact us at We will be offering a free meeting, one time per person.

If you are not a member of SCBWI and would like to join go to  Our Season Ticket is separate and does not cover joining SCBWI.