December 5 • 7:00 PM (EST) - 9:00 PM (EST)
About the workshop
“First sentences are doors to worlds,” wrote Ursula Le Guin, and the best lodge themselves indelibly in our minds
Nothing is more important to your story than the first line.
In the workshop, we will break down first lines from a diverse array of genres and styles, including contemporary literary fiction (Denis Johnson, Leslie Marmon Silko), sci-fi (Ursula Le Guin), mystery (Raymond Chandler), thriller (Stephen King), and classics (Melville, Achebe) dissecting what works and what doesn’t, the nitty-gritty tactics used to launch the reader into the writer’s world.
We will be going deep, word-by-word, showing how much power you can concisely pack into an opening line, and how much easier the right intro can make completing your story.
• Understanding the importance of first lines in fiction • Learning how to pack character, setting, and style into a single arresting sentence • Become aware of the graceful symmetry of a story that answers all the subtle questions presented in its opening
This workshop will be recorded for the convenience of those unable to attend live. The recorded session will be emailed to participants the following day.
About the instructor
Maxim Loskutoff is the author of the novel RUTHIE FEAR, winner of the High Plains Book Award, and the story collection COME WEST AND SEE, an NPR and Amazon Best Book and New York Times Editor's Choice. His stories and essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Ploughshares, and GQ. He is a Yaddo and MacDowell fellow. Other honors include the Nelson Algren Award, M Literary Prize, and Montana Innovation Award. He lives in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana, where he was raised.
Learn to hook your readers with the very first line