9 a.m.–1 p.m.
For a Start
Few aspects of the writer’s craft are as frustrating as the quest for the perfect opening. A great one, after all, manages to welcome the reader, establish narrative expectations, play on natural curiosities, enthrall with incredible prose, and hint at gripping details while somehow simultaneously obscuring enough information to keep the reader engaged. Small wonder, then, that the effort of achieving all this in just a couple of lines can entangle us in an exasperating and interminable cycle of revisions and rewrites.
Combining textual analysis, writing prompts and Q&A, this workshop will investigate what great literary beginnings prioritize; define that elusive certain-something to which all our openings seem to aspire; and explore the difference between what writers need to climb into their stories and what readers need to stay there.
The teaching artist will read and review student work in advance of class.