Description of Class
Kurt Vonnegut says we should begin a piece as close to the end as possible, and Joan Didion tells us that we can’t know the beginning until we get to the end. In this multi-genre course led by writer Amy Bernhard (The Rumpus, VICE Magazine) you will discuss and practice techniques for hooking readers from the very first page or chapter, as well as strategies for crafting satisfying endings, whether you’re working on a novel, memoir, or a short story.
What to Expect
You will not need to have material already written to join this class. In the first two weeks, you’ll spend time revising the beginnings to your stories or essays, whether it’s new material you’ve generated in class, or from a piece or pieces you’ve already written. The last two weeks will be spent working on endings.
In each class, you will be given readings and generative writing exercises to help you practice the techniques discussed that day. There will be also be time built into each class for mini-workshops.
Not sure where to start? How to stop? Let’s find out together in just four weeks.Top