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The Art of the Opening
November 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm UTC+5$125
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 The Theory of Light and Matter (Vintage/Random House), which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and In Between Days (Alfred A. Knopf), which was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. His short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Pushcart Prize XXXII, Ploughshares, One Story, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, Narrative Magazine, Epoch, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. Currently, Porter directs the Creative Writing Program and teaches Fiction Writing at Trinity University.