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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Hooked from the First Line: The Art of the Opening

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  • $75.00 Non-Member
  • $65.00 Member

Class Description

We have all picked up books or stories that have enthralled us from the first lines. The result? We, readers, are hooked! But how does a writer cast this kind of spell? What do successful openings have in common? In what different ways can a reader be hooked? What are the reasons a reader keeps reading, or doesn't? In this class, we'll consider these questions as well as study a range of different openings with an eye towards how they hook us - or don't - from the first lines. In addition to discussing a number of different strategies for successful openings, we'll try our hands at writing a few opening lines of our own that you can build on later. 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.

Scholarships Format/Location

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

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!