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Writing Snappy Openings

Introductory/Intermediate | The opening is the most important part of the story. If your lead is not interesting, intriguing or entertaining, the reader may never get any farther. This class will introduce you to the five best leads for opening a story or book: summary, scenic, anecdote, inventory and beginning at the end. Class will include lecture, discussion, and in-class writing of a lead.

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Instructor: Nicholas O'Connell

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 10/07/2018

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$80.10 Member Price:
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Nicholas O'Connell

Nicholas O’Connell, M.F.A, Ph.D., is the author of The Storms of Denali (University of Alaska Press, 2012), On Sacred Ground: The Spirit of Place in Pacific Northwest Literature (University of Washington Press, 2003), At the Field’s End: Interviews with 22 Pacific Northwest Writers (University of Washington Press Press, 1998), Contemporary Ecofiction (Charles Scribner’s, 1996) and Beyond Risk: Conversations with Climbers (Mountaineers, 1993). He has contributed to Newsweek, Gourmet, Saveur, Outside, GO, National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sierra, The Wine Spectator, Commonweal, Image and many other places. He is the publisher/editor of The Writer’s Workshop Review and the founder of the online and Seattle-based writing program, www.thewritersworkshop.net.

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