First Chapters, First Impressions:
A Master Class with Critically Acclaimed Author Katrina Kittle
The opening of your story or novel has a huge list of responsibilities. The opening is the first impression—for agents, for editors, and for readers. The opening must create a story “promise” and pull the reader into the story world. It sets events in motion and establishes a mood and tone. As readers, we hear a voice and sense the story’s purpose…and decide whether or not to keep reading. This intensive class will offer tips to hone an opening, as well as warn you of traps and pitfalls to avoid. We’ll look at plenty of published samples. You don’t need to have a completed draft or even a polished opening to benefit, but bring your first page if you have one.
Katrina Kittle is the author of five novels—Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, The Kindness of Strangers, The Blessings of the Animals, and Reasons to Be Happy. The Kindness of Strangers won the 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction. Katrina teaches creative writing workshops focusing on craft and motivation (and is especially good at jump-starting stalled writers). She teaches in the Dayton/Cincinnati area through Word’s Worth Writing Connections and through online coaching to writers anywhere. She also offers manuscript consultations through Write Sisters Consulting and is a public speaker. You can find out more at www.katrinakittle.com.
This informative master class is Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 am - Noon at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue. Class tuition is $120. You must be 18 to participate.