August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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First Five Paragraphs: Developing the Character’s Voice
What keeps a reader reading? It is not the subject matter; it’s the voice of the character. In the hands of a strong storyteller, the reader becomes intrigued and entranced from the first page. We will look at sample short stories and beginnings of novels from such writers as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Edward P. Jones, and Margaret Atwood, and we’ll examine how they build the narrative and develop an intriguing character’s voice, right from the beginning. After some writing prompts, we will create a beginning to a new short story or revise an old one and receive feedback.
Please note: This class or event will be held online (using Zoom or a similar live platform). To participate, students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register.