Hooked from the First Lines: The Art of the Opening (with Joy Baglio) - ONLINE
The best writers establish authority immediately. It's that feeling you have as a reader when you know you're in capable, experienced hands. The result? You, the reader, are hooked! You will follow this voice (almost) anywhere. But how do you establish authority? How do you get a reader to want to follow you? What do successful beginnings have in common? In this short seminar, we'll look at a range of different openings from masterful works of prose with an eye towards how they establish authority from the first line. In addition to discussing the many different strategies masterful first sentences use to cast their spells, we'll try our hands at writing a few opening lines of our own. For prose writers of any level interested in dissecting opening lines and crafting some new beginnings of their own. Limited to 12 writers.
Note: If you are working on a project (short story, novel, memoir) and want to apply the exercises we'll be doing together in this class to your own project's opening lines, that works well too!
WHEN: 3 Hours: Saturday, April 23 (1 - 4pm EST)
WHERE: Online via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
JOY BAGLIO is the founder/director of PVWW. She holds an MFA from The New School, and her fiction has appeared widely in such publications as Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She's the recipient fellowships and grants from Yaddo, The Elizabeth George Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, The Speculative Literature Foundation, and Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and has been recognized by numerous contests and awards, including the Ploughshares' Emerging Writer's Contest (Honorable Mention) and the Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions. In addition to her role at PVWW, she teaches writing at Grub Street and is a contributing editor (and former Associate Editor) at Bucknell University's literary magazine, West Branch. She's currently at work on both a collection of short stories and her first novel. Follow her on twitter at @JoyBaglio or visit her online at www.joybaglio.com.
ONLINE SESSIONS happen remotely, via Zoom video conference. All you need is a laptop, computer, or phone with functioning audio and a webcam. Those who RSVP receive directions and a link to "join" the session via email (please see above note about receiving the Zoom link). All online instructors will log on to the video conference 10 minutes before the start of the session, to help anyone with technical issues, so please plan to log on early if you'd like assistance! We'll do everything in our power to help you get comfortable with this new format, though when the session begins, we will not be able to assist with technical difficulties.
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