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Starting out Strong–TPS Workshop
March 20, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an author in possession of a good story idea, must be in want of a killer opening.
In this class we will discuss where, when, and how to start your novel or short story with a balance of grounding the reader, setting up their expectations, and compelling them to continue all in a few paragraphs. Topics will also include first lines, prologues, opener dos and don’ts, and how various genres and categories begin in modern literature. You have less than 1000 words to hook your reader—make sure you’re painting the right picture to do so.
Erin Beaty studied aerospace engineering at the US Naval Academy (really) and served in the fleet as a weapons officer and leadership instructor. After leaving active duty to raise her five children, she somehow also ended up writing Young Adult Fantasy novels with nerdy elements. She is the author of The Traitor’s Circle Trilogy, which has been translated into six languages, and the forthcoming Blood & Moonlight duology. While her husband was stationed in Hampton Roads, she taught classes at The Muse Writers Center and several workshops for HRW. She currently lives in Busan, South Korea but can teach again through the miracle of Zoom. You can find her at www.erinbeaty.com and on Instagram as @ErinBeatyWrites.