Crash Course. Get Lit: How to Write Your Best Beginning

Instructor: Jennifer Taylor

Literary magazines are drowning in submissions. Small journals with just a few readers receive several hundred submissions a month. Larger pubs have to cull through hundreds to thousands of pieces per month with the help of a handful of readers. If your work doesn’t grab the reader by the first page or two, it won’t be forwarded to an editor for further consideration. The first few paragraphs have to demonstrate why your work is different from all the other submissions in the slush pile, and we’ll cover how to do that. 

In this three-hour workshop, bring three beginnings (about two pages each) for us to workshop. We will examine the potential and discover how changing your beginning can provide the momentum your story needs.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to sharpen their writing from the outset.
  • Understand what it means to begin in the middle and how you often find the true beginning is a few paragraphs in.
  • Review the mechanics of engaging the reader and the incentives needed to keep them reading.

Open to writers of all levels.

Class Limit is 20.


$ 85.00

Biography: Jennifer Taylor is a book reviewer, editor, and writer based in Georgia. Her writing has appeared in Bookslut, Chicago Sun-Times, Fiction Writer’s Review, H2O Magazine, Pittsburgh Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Savannah Magazine and several additional publications. Her creative work has appeared in Hobart, Pif, Southern Women’s Review and Shaking Like A Mountain with more forthcoming. She has an MFA with a double concentration. Jennifer was the fiction and nonfiction editor of damselfly press for 12 years. She served as a reader for Tin House Magazine for a decade and was an acquisitions editor for Leapfrog Press. She is a fiction book reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly and a preliminary film judge for Aspen Shortsfest.

Contact Information:

Date(s): Saturday. April 4

Class time: 10:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Type of Class: Three Hour Course

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