Novel Opening Workshop - Remote!

Friday, June 5th, from 10:00am-5:00pm (EST)
Remote! (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

Readers don’t only judge books by their covers, they judge them on their first pages. Whether you're looking to appeal to an agent, editor, or reader, novel openings are key. Readers won’t keep reading “to get to the good stuff.” Those first critical pages should be your good stuff—or maybe your great stuff! In this workshop, we will focus on the first chapter of your novel manuscript. The seminar will begin with a craft lecture on what the opening of a novel should achieve and then each student will read their pages aloud and be critiqued on the elements introduced in the craft lecture by both their peers and the instructor. Whether you have a completed manuscript or a work in progress, middle grade, young adult, or adult, this workshop will help you identify what’s working and what needs to be further honed to get those first pages to accurately represent your writing and your novel. A week prior to the course, the instructor will request the pages you wish to present via email.

This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.

For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:

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.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.


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Lori Goldstein
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  • Instructor Feedback
  • In-Class Writing


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