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The Importance of First Impressions: March Writers’ Workshop with Joe Mills

Women Writers of the Triad is thrilled to bring poet and teacher Joe Mills to Greensboro for a craft workshop on the importance of first impressions in your writing.

joe millsHandshakes and Rising Curtains:  The Importance of First Impressions in Writing

“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.

The Who, What, Where, When
Saturday, March 14, 2015 
Greensboro Public Library, Downtown Branch



Special thanks to Writers’ Group of the Triad for co-sponsoring this event. 


Members of Women Writers of the Triad and Writers’ Group of the Triad
get a special rate of $25.  Register here:
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This workshop is open to the public. Non-members can register here for $35:
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