The opening of a novel is like meeting someone for the first time. In that same way that there is something that makes you want to know more about that person, there is something that makes you want to turn the page. Some first pages are action-packed, others are poetic, or open with a line of dialog, or an idea—there is no single way to engage the reader. That first impression is the difference between engaging the reader (or the agent or the editor), or having your book languish on a nightstand. In this workshop, we will talk about how to get and hold the reader’s attention through various readings of the beginnings of first chapters. You will also asked to write short, first chapter pieces, in various genres, or you can refine something that you are currently working on. This workshop could be the beginning of your beginning.
NOTE: To protect everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, we're offering our workshops via Zoom. All students must first sign up for a free Zoom account. Setting it up is easy. And we can help you with questions, if needed. For each class, you'll receive a Zoom "invitation," from the instructor. Click the link...follow the simple directions about the settings for your microphone and in-computer video, and you're immediately in the "room" for the workshop. For critique workshops, instructors will communicate with students about the process of sharing work. For more generative workshops, students will be writing together while on Zoom.