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"Crafting Openings That Will Capture Readers" with Lindsey Lane

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$109
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1/25/2018


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

1/27/2018 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


 

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

 *This class can also be purchased as part of the Craft Essentials: Fiction Package. You can find more information about it here.

Want to write an opening that makes the reader lean in, stay seated and not move until they reach the end of your story (or first chapter)?

Beginnings are not magic but they need to bewitch the reader and make them want to enter the world you are creating. How do we do that? Participants will learn very specific techniques (Point of View, Voice, Setting, Character) to make the openings of their stories compelling. A great beginning gives readers enough details so they know where they are but not so many that you kill their curiousity.
 
In this class, participants will dig in and examine the openings of published writers to see what makes readers lean in. The instructor and class will also look at the openings of some class members’ stories and discuss specific ways to make them irresistible. Anyone wanting their opening discussed in the class should email their first page to Program Director Michael Noll (michael@writersleague.org) by January 22, 2018 at 10 a.m.

 

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • You're feeling stuck on a manuscript in any genre.
  • You're looking for a natural, intuitive approach to problem-solving problem spots in a story and generating new material.

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT LINDSEY'S CLASSES 
  • "The class provided renewed enthusiasm for my writing."
  • "was knowledgeable, open, friendly, included each student in activities, and challenged us."

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Lindsey Lane is an award-winning playwright and children’s and young adult author. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut novel Evidence Of Things Not Seen is a “unique, powerful novel,” said Francisco Stork, author of Marcelo and the Real World. Publishers Weekly said, that it “offers a gripping and genre-bending mosaic.” Lindsey is also the author of the award-winning picture book and iTunes app Snuggle Mountain, illustrations by Melissa Iwai, which was named Best Children’s Book of 2004 by Bank Street College of Education.

 

LOCATION

St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, Trustee Hall 303. You can find a St. Edward's University campus map here.

 

REGISTRATION

$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, January 25. 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. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.

 

HOW WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

 


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

 


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to
www.arts.texas.gov.


 

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

 

The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit www.stedwards.edu.