ClassNovel Openings: The First Five Pages
In this course, we will examine how novel openings work, how they teach the reader how to read the novel, set up the novel’s metaphors, introduce characters and plot, and, most importantly, hook the reader and keep them reading. You’ll read and discuss several novel openings while also writing your own. We’ll read excerpts from novelists such as Denis Johnson, E.L. Doctorow, Robert Penn Warren, Zadie Smith, and Jenny Offill. The hope is that we can get you through those first five pages and onto the next five hundred. Live chats will be scheduled on Wednesdays.