Ace the Opening of Your Book

Friday, February 1st, 10:30am-1:30pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 2 spots left!

Whether you're writing novels, short stories, or memoir, you must bring your audience (readers, agents, and/ or editors) into the unique world of your story with confidence and creativity. That's a lot of pressure. Most writers struggle with false starts and uncertainty. Using examples from each genre, we will contrast discarded openings with their final published versions, examining the behind-the-scenes editing process and highlighting the choices the writer made in order to both ground the narrative and propel it forward. We'll discuss the best ways to overcome fear of getting it wrong, looking closely at the critical elements of the first sentence, paragraph, and page. How do writers introduce theme, character, setting and plot without an information dump? This session will be helpful for writers at all stages of the process. Come armed with your first paragraph; we'll save time to share and discuss some of your own openings. 

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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Katrin Schumann
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Previous Students Say

  • "Generative"
  • "Inspired Me to Write More"


  • Revision Assignments
  • In-Class Reading
  • Workshop
  • Class Discussion
  • In-Class Writing


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Nonfiction

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