The First Page

The First Page is a brand new creative writing challenge for students in Grades 7 to 12, created by CBC Books. What's the challenge? CBC Books wants students to write the first page of an original book set 150 years in the future. Watch these five Canadian authors who give their tips on writing a great first page. Download the First Page teacher guide for key concepts to crafting a compelling opening, possible writing topics and discussion questions. To enter the challenge, visit: cbc.ca/thefirstpage 

  • 2017
  • 9-12
  • 5 Titles

Included in this collection

CBC Books The First Page: Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline, author of The Marrow Thieves, reads the first page in her novel and talks about how she sets the stage in her dystopian novel. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Cherie's novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2017
  • 00:05:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

CBC Books The First Page: Erin Bow

Erin Bow, author of the young adult novel The Scorpion Rules, reads the first page on which the main character in her novel appears and talks about what she believes is important for a first page. Erin is also the judge for CBC Books' First Page Student Writing Challenge. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Erin Bow's ...
  • 2017
  • 00:03:54
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

CBC Books The First Page: Katherena Vermette

Katherena Vermette, author of The Break, reads the first page in her novel and talks about the need to situate the reader in a story. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Katherena's novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2017
  • 00:01:57
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

CBC Books The First Page: M.G. Vassanji

Author M.G. Vassanji reads from the prologue of his novel Nostalgia. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on his novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2017
  • 00:02:06
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017

CBC Books The First Page: Vikki VanSickle

Vikki VanSickle, author of the young adult novel The Winnowing, reads the first page in her novel and talks about the importance of hooking readers as early as you can in a story. Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Vikki's novel, key concepts to writing a compelling first page and more.
  • 2017
  • 00:02:38
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/18/2017