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Can’t make it to the live class? No problem! All classes are recorded and made available to class registrants for one month.
Learn how to hook your readers from the very beginning.
Most editors of both magazines and presses will say that they read the first, last and middle page of a story before deciding if they want to read more. Potential readers are even less forgiving. So how do we snag our readers and make them want to read more?
In this class, we’ll look at examples of powerful first lines and pages, and discuss strategies for selecting a powerful first line and first pages. Feel free to bring the first line of your story or novel for a mini first-line “workshop.” We’ll also do exercises to evaluate our current first pages and how to decide if we’re starting our stories in the right place.
In addition, this class will include the option to send in your first page to be workshopped by the class. If you’d like to volunteer your first page, please email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at firstname.lastname@example.org with your submission by Wednesday, May 3 at 5:00 PM CDT. It should be limited to one page (between 250-400 words), double spaced, and in Times New Roman 12pt font. Please note: not all submissions will be chosen.
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The deadline to register for this class is Wednesday, May 3 at 5:00 PM CT.
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Class & Event Registration Policy
Once a purchase has been made, registrations are not refundable and cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a registration and then find you cannot attend the class or event, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at email@example.com and let us know the name and contact information for the person who will be using the registration so that we can update the class or event roster.
Credit Card Transaction Handling Fee Policy
All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee. If you’d prefer to pay by check for membership, a class, or an event, you can use the provided forms on the membership or event pages and mail to: WLT, P.O. Box 14355, Austin, TX, 78704.
HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:
Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.
If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email the WLT staff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.
HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK:
Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one month after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE.
Plan to log in to the online platform an hour before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.