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All Levels | The first sentence, first paragraph, first scene of our stories serves as a springboard for the full work. Often, any problem with our endings can be traced back to our beginning. Rather than meekly setting the scene, why not plunge full-on into a story’s richest conflict, in all its complexity? In this class, we’ll look at the beginnings of several short stories, engage in low-pressure writing exercises, and leave class with at least three beginnings for new works.
Alex Madison's fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in the Indiana Review, Witness, Salon, Bitch Media, The Rumpus, City Arts and elsewhere. She is a former high school teacher and a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she taught literature, fiction and nonfiction.