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

$70.00 · August 17

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 a Best Book of the Year in multiple publications, including the Irish Times and San Francisco Chronicle. Her novel, Life Drawing was longlisted for multiple awards, and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, among others. Both books are also published in multiple languages. An essay collection, Crash Course: Essays From Where Writing and Life Collide came out in 2016, followed now by the harder to categorize, memoirish conversation with a book, Mrs. Dalloway, Bookmarked (Ig Publishing, 2022). Robin, who also writes often about her experiences as a writer with AD(H)D, lives in NYC with her husband and daughter. More information is available at www.robinblack.net