community | craft | excellence
“Where’s Papa going with that ax?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.
With astounding efficiency, the first line of Charlotte’s Web sets up the story. It contains character, relationships, setting, action, dialogue, conflict. It did not, however, come easy to E.B. White. He drafted a number of openings until he finally decided on this one.
In this workshop, we will focus on openings and introductions. The first lines of a poem or story, the initial scene of a play or film, these are crucial. They can immediately interest an audience, tax their patience, or lose them completely. A good opening demonstrates a writer’s sense of control and establishes trust.
We may look at a wide-range of examples, but emphasis will be placed on generating and revising participants’ work. Participants should bring at least one draft of a piece they want to revise.
Special thanks to Writers’ Group of the Triad for co-sponsoring this event.