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
This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.
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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