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The First Thirty Pages: A (Partial) Novel Workshop

Intermediate. Finishing the draft of a novel is quite an achievement, but if the opening section doesn’t grab the reader’s attention and keep it, that achievement will all be in vain. In this class, we’ll workshop the first thirty-or-so pages of each other’s drafts, looking at strategies to build a propulsive narrative force through voice, character, tension, and plot, and also examine the openings of a few really brilliant, stylistically divergent novels that are simply amazing from the first sentence.

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: Michael Shilling

Class Type: 6 Sessions

Start Date: 03/08/2017

End Date: 04/12/2017

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 7:10 PM – 9:10 PM PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Michael Shilling

Michael Shilling is the author of Rock Bottom, a novel published by Little, Brown. The musical adaptation of the book was staged in 2014 by the Landless Theater Company. His stories have appeared in The Sun, Fugue, and Other Voices.

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