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Sunday, April 7 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
10I: Killer First Sentences
Limited Capacity seats available

We've all had those drafts that seem to start strong, but slowly whimper out. Sometimes the issue is that the opening doesn't contain the narrative jet fuel to take us the distance. The opening has to establish the kind of organic pattern that will see us through to the end of the narrative.

In this class discussion/guided writing, we will examine those crucial beginnings. We will examine the fundamentals of narrative art by looking at killer first sentences that build momentum for novels or short stories. We will discuss technique and form by studying examples from enduring literary works. Lastly, in the session we will write and workshop your original openings.

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Spencer Wise

Spencer Wise is the author of the novel, The Emperor of Shoes (HarperCollins, 2018). In addition to working at a shoe factory in South China, Spencer Wise has professional experience ranging from gutting chickens and selling ginsu knives to editorial work at Sports Illustrated and... Read More →

Sunday April 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm EDT
St. James Room - 4th Floor