First Chapter Essentials

callieCallie is the owner and editor of The Manuscript Doctor. She will be presenting on the elements that make up a great first chapter. With the LDStorymakers first chapter contest looming over our heads, this is the perfect opportunity to figure out what will set your chapter above the rest.

Join us at the Orem Library, January 28th at 6:00 PM for a short critique and the presentation at 7:00. We will convene in the Storytelling Wing.

In fourth grade Callie read the Indian in the Cupboard. The idea of a boy’s toy coming alive in a magic cupboard grabbed a hold of her imagination, and never let go. The addiction only increased as she read Roald Dahl, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine L’Engle and the Redwall series. In sixth grade her teacher took away Jane Eyre because it was distracting her from her work.

Callie loves digging into what makes a story reach in and grab the heart, the imagination, and wonder.

Then again, why do some stories with great ideas fall flat?

For the past decade, Callie has honed her editing skills by studying the craft of writing and defining the elements that make a story work. She can read any story, any rocky first draft, and provide the first aid it needs to make your manuscript live off the page and resonate in the minds of your readers.

Callie is also a mother of four, two of whom are on the Autism Spectrum. A singer and theater buff, she has spent a lot of time on stage and behind the curtain as a music director and costumer. She loves good stories told on television and is a big fan of many, including Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, and anything by Joss Whedon.

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