Course Catalog

First Pages Workshop

We will workshop the opening pages of your story or novel with meticulous attention to the promises made by your language. We’ll scrutinize the openings of your story or novel the way fatigued and time-crunched editors, agents, and slush readers at literary magazines do, then rework them to be more instantly absorbing, narratively propulsive, authoritative, and elegant. Bring the first two pages of your manuscript.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Claire Vaye Watkins

Class Type: 1 Session


Start Date: 04/16/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$85.50 Member Price:
Become a member >

$95.00 General Price:

Class has begun, registration is closed.

Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins has appeared in Granta, One Story, the Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, New Stories from the Southwest 2013, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”

See current classes >