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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.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

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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$295.00 General Price:

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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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