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PJ Seminar: A Master Class on Page One with Robin Black

$70.00

A writer’s first job is to make a reader want to turn page after page after page – and that begins, most importantly, with Page One.

Start Date

August 17

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Day(s) of the Week

Wednesday

Location

Zoom (online)

Sessions

1

Instructor

Price

$70

In stock

Description

A writer’s first job is to make a reader want to turn page after page after page – and that begins, most importantly, with Page One. We all want our readers to “enter the dream” right away, and exist in that magical state where the world around them disappears. We also want agents, editors, and literary judges to feel compelled to read beyond our beginnings. But how can this actually be accomplished? What are some pitfalls of opening lines? What are some tricks?

Looking at the openings of stories, novels, and memoirs by multiple authors, including Karen Russell, Mavis Gallant, Yiyun Li, Elena Ferrante, John Edgar Wideman, and some oldies but goodies like Chekov, we will explore methods for seducing (or shocking!) readers into that dream state and making it impossible for them not to turn the page as they inhabit our reality. And, as we do, we will try out some new techniques, together.

About Robin Black

Robin Black​'s story collection, If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Story Prize, and named a Best Book of 2010 by numerous publications. Her novel, Life Drawing, was longlisted for ​the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the Impac Dublin Literature Prize, and the Folio Prize. ​Her works of fiction have been translated into six languages.​​ ​​Her new book​, ​Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing and Life Collide​, has been​​ called "an oasis for writers at any stage," by Karen Russell​.
Robin​'s essays and stories can be found in such publications as One Story, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Southern Review, The Rumpus, O. Magazine, and Conde Nast Traveler. She​ lives in Philadelphia with her husband, and will begin teaching in the Rutgers-Camden MFA Program, Fall 2016.