The Hardest Parts: Writing Beginnings & Endings
with Joe Wilkins
Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay
Open to all levels
Beginnings and endings—in novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs—are hard. An arresting beginning is your one chance to capture a reader; a just-right ending sends a reader back into the world forever changed. In this generative lesson, we’ll read several examples from both fiction and nonfiction, and ultimately highlight four strategies for crafting strong beginnings and endings. Attendees are asked to have a story- or essay-in-progress handy for in-class revision work.
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Joe Wilkins is the author of the novel, Fall Back Down When I Die (Little Brown), a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers (Counterpoint), and three poetry collections, most recently When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. He directs the creative program at Linfield College. Go to Joe's website https://joewilkins.org or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JoeWilkins.Author.
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