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The Hardest Parts: Writing Beginnings & Endings

with Joe Wilkins

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay

Online

Open to all levels

1 Session

Start Date: May 14, 2023
End Date: May 14, 2023
Day of Week: Sunday
Time: 1:10pm - 4:10pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $81.00
General Price: $90.00

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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.

HAPPY HOUR FLASH SALE! All spring classes are 10% off now through Monday, May 15. Discount taken in your cart at checkout.

Registration dates:

March 13: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

March 14: Member registration opens

March 21: General registration opens

Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins

he/him

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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