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Friday, September 23 • 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Call Me Ishmael: A Fiction Workshop with Rachel Harper

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$25 Students, $40 General

Call Me Ishmael - Creating Dynamic Openings in Fiction

We all know not to judge a book by its cover, but most readers think it's just fine to judge one by its opening page--or sometimes even just the opening line. Knowing this bitter truth, how can writers craft their openings to entice and engage readers from the very first lines of their story or novel? This workshop will explore the many ways we can draw readers into our stories and keep them engaged page after page. Beginning with a short craft discussion, the leader will identify several successful techniques, offering examples from both contemporary and classic texts. Participants are asked to bring pen/paper or laptop in order to work on their own story beginnings, and will have an opportunity to share their writing with each other. 

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Rachel Harper

Rachel M. Harper is a novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, Brass Ankle Blues, was a Borders Original Voices Award finalist and selected as a Target Breakout Book. Her newest novel, This Side of Providence, will be published in April 2016; it was recently adapted into an original television pilot, City of Providence. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies including Black... Read More →

Friday September 23, 2016 1:00pm - 3:30pm
UM Liberal Arts Building - Room 337 University of Montana, Liberal Arts, Campus Dr, Missoula, MT 59812

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