What makes a compelling start to a short story or a novel? How do you hook your readers, and get them to care for your characters? How do you fulfill expectations for the pages that follow? This course is designed to give you feedback on the first pages of a story or novel chapter. Every week, we will examine a fundamental aspect of craft and provide a constructive critique of your work.
This course is perfect for those starting out in fiction, and also adapted to writers who have already completed a manuscript and want to hone their draft before seeking publication
About the Instructor: Anna Polonyi is a writer and journalist. A graduate from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio. She holds a B.A. from Harvard and an M.A. from Sciences Po. A recipient of the Fulbright for Young American Journalists, the Sylvia Beach Short Fiction Prize, and the Flannery O’Connor fellowship at Iowa, she is the current Richard E. Guthrie fellow with the University of Iowa. She has written for the International New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Irish Times, among others.
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