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“Never Let Me Go: How to Grab the Attention of Readers, Editors, and Agents with Your Opening Pages” with Michael Noll

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

9/12/2015 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


At this time, this class is at capacity and registration has been closed. There will be no walk-up tickets available on the morning of the class. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list, please call our offices at 512-499-8914. For more class options see our Classes page.

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers

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Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, September 9. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!


When you're standing in a bookstore, holding that popular new release, what do you do? Read the first page and either buy it or put it back. The same is often true for agents and editors when considering manuscripts. First pages matter.

This class will offer strategies for making the first page of your novel, story, essay, or memoir grab the reader. We'll examine first pages from recent books, discuss the strategies used by the writers, and put those techniques to work in our own writing. This is a repeat of the standing-room only class at the Agents & Editors Conference. If you missed it then, this is your chance to find out what the buzz was about.

About the instructor:

Michael Noll teaches writing at Texas State University and edits Read to Write Stories, a site that offers writing exercises based on published stories, novel excerpts, and essays. His work has been published at American Short Fiction, Chattahoochee Review, Narrative Magazine, Huffington Post, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and The Good Men Project. He was formerly the writer in residence at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle, TX. He’s currently at work on a story collection set in rural Kansas and a novel, Seven Attacks of the Dead.

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For more information, visit our Classes page.

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