Letters from the Program Director: Capture Your Readers

Hello writers,

If you’re writing a novel or a short story, there’s likely a lot of pressure on your shoulders to get your opening exactly right. Openings are important because that is where the reader (and that reader might be an interested agent or editor) decides whether or not they want to keep going. But today’s world is filled with so many distractions, like television, film, and podcasts (not to mention every day life) that the fight for a reader’s attention is not an easy one to win.

In truth, you have a pretty short amount of time to actually grab your reader’s attention enough to keep them turning the pages. And while every story is different, there are strategies out there to make sure that your book or story captures readers early on and doesn’t let them go.

That’s why we’re excited to offer the class Setting the Hook: Capturing Your Readers” with Gabino Iglesias on Saturday, January 29. If you’re writing a novel or a short story and you want to learn how to make your opening stand out, this class is for you.

All the best,
Sam Babiak
Program Director 

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