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The Art of the Opening with Andrew Porter

November 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


How does one create a compelling opening to a short story or novel? In this course, we’ll examine not only what makes a good opening sentence, but also what makes a good opening paragraph or scene. We’ll move beyond simply “hooking” the reader and explore strategies for quickly connecting readers with characters. Part of the class will be spent exploring these strategies and part will focus on exercises designed to create compelling openings yourself, openings you might one day use in your own fiction.


Andrew Porter is the author of two books, the short story collection The Theory of Light and Matter (Vintage/Random House), which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel In Between Days (Alfred A. Knopf), which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and an Indie Bound “Indie Next” selection. His short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Pushcart Prize XXXIIPloughsharesOne StoryThe Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, Narrative MagazineEpoch, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Currently, Porter directs the Creative Writing Program and teaches Fiction Writing at Trinity University.

Saturday, November 9, 10am – 1pm

Non-member $125; Member $105; Student $ 75

(Student enrollees, please present your student ID on the class date.)

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November 9
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Gemini Ink
1111 Navarro St
San Antonio, 78205 United States
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