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Backstory: How Much is Enough?

Introductory | The first fifty pages of any book are critical for drawing in readers and keeping them engaged. (Not to mention keeping yourself engaged and moving forward.) That means balancing backstory, present action, and hints at what will come. We’ll discuss the basics of what needs to happen in these critical pages, look at examples of successful beginnings, and do exercises to get down to the bones of credible characters and storylines. Students can expect to workshop the first ten pages of their book.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Jennifer Haupt

Class Type: 4 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2021

Start Date: 09/18/2021

No Class On: 10/2/2021

End Date: 10/16/2021

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt's essays have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Rumpus, Spirituality & Health, The Sun and elsewhere. Her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, was published in April 2018, and she is currently working on an autobiographical novel that takes place in Haiti. She teaches at workshops around the country.

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