Fiction, Novel

  • Term: Winter 2023
  • Start Date: February 15, 2023
  • End Date: February 22, 2023
  • Day of Week: Wednesday
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $120.00
  • Member Price: $108.00

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First Impressions: Fine-tuning the Opening of Your Novel

This course is designed for writers of fiction who want to fine-tune the first chapter of a longer work of fiction. By doing close readings from a variety of novels, we'll help writers identify different elements of a compelling opening, conceive the first chapter as its own work, and learn how to examine our openings as readers. Although the coursework will be relevant anyone writing fiction, we'll focus on novels and their specific pacing.

Registration dates:

December 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

December 6: Member registration opens

December 13: General registration opens

Grace Bialecki

Grace Bialecki


Grace Bialecki is a writer, spoken word poet, and workshop facilitator. She has performed at KGB Bar and as the featured poet at Paris Lit Up, and her work has appeared in various publications including Catapult and Epiphany Magazine. Bialecki is the co-founder of the storytelling series Thirst, and the author of the novel Purple Gold (ANTIBOOKCLUB). 

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