Hooked from the First Line: The Art of the Opening

Saturday, November 3rd, 10:30am-1:30pm
GrubStreet HQ
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Level: For Everyone
12 seats max

The best writers establish authority immediately. It's that feeling you have as a reader when you know you're in capable, experienced hands. The result? You, the reader, are hooked! But how does a writer establish authority? What do successful beginnings have in common? In what different ways can a reader be hooked? In this class, we'll study a range of different openings with an eye towards how they establish authority from the first line. In addition to discussing the many different strategies for successful beginnings, we'll try our hands at writing a few opening lines of our own that you can build on. Open to writers of all levels and genres.

NOTE: You might also be interested in Surprising, Yet Inevitable: The Art of the Ending, taking place later in the day. 

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Joy Baglio
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Previous Students Say

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


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


  • Short Fiction

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