Number of sessions: 1
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Date: Sunday, September 27
Course fee: $85
The first 10 pages of a book are arguably the most important. The author must set up the story, infuse it with drama, and captivate the reader. Crafting a successful opening will help you set the stage for the rest of your book. What works? Strong characters. Artful language. Drama. A clear sense of theme and direction. A mystery.
In this seminar, we will dissect the first 10 pages of two notable works of narrative nonfiction, discussing the underlying structure. We will review the building blocks of story: scene, summary, and musing. You will leave with better understanding of how to craft the opening of your own book. This class is for writers of any level who are writing memoir or narrative nonfiction. Free coffee and pastries included!
Julia Scheeres is the New York Times-bestselling author of the memoir Jesus Land and of A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown. She contributes to the New York Times Book Review and teaches creative writing at many venues, including Stanford University.