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"Novel Writing Series: Beginning at the Beginning" with Greg Garrett

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ACC Highland Campus rm. HLC1-2102
6101 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

11/1/2014 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


$49 for members (log in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

At this time, this class is at capacity and registration has been closed. There will be no walk-up tickets available on the day of the class.

The start of your novel is the crucial place you engage your reader with your characters and begin developing your conflicts.

During this three-hour class, we'll discuss "digging the hole" for your character or characters, how and where in the story to begin, and study examples from literary and genre fiction that suggest what great beginnings are supposed to accomplish. We'll also consider some ways to plan the beginning chapters of your book that will help launch you toward the vast expanse of the middle.

About the instructor...

Greg Garrett is the author or co-author of twenty books of fiction, memoir, or nonfiction, including the acclaimed novels Free Bird, Cycling, Shame, and The Prodigal. The 2013 Centennial Professor at Baylor University, where he teaches creative writing, literature, and film, Greg has also read, spoken, taught, and led workshops across the US and Europe. He has taught highly-rated courses for the Writers League on novel writing, point of view, dialogue, humor, and many other topics, and enjoys the chance to meet and work with writers at every stage of their careers. He lives with his wife Jeanie and their family in Austin.

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