Conquering the Freshman Fifteen
Hosted by Tex Thompson
Your first fifteen pages need to thrust the reader right into the action of the story, of course. Oh, and also inspire an emotional connection to the character. While simultaneously providing description to ground us in time and place (but not too much) - without forgetting to plant some tantalizing questions to keep us turning the pages - and be sure that your first pages are making the right promises about the story to come, too - and is there any way you could sneak some zesty dialogue in there while you're at it?
If your head is spinning and the words are blurring - don't worry. Set your poor anxiety-sodden manuscript aside (just for a one day!) and join us for a fun, fearless first-chapter free-for-all. We'll work together to dissect the opening scenes from contemporary bestsellers, comparing notes to discover what they have in common and how you, too, can launch your reader smoothly into your story-world - no stress, no shame, no surrender!
Time: 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 11th(includes break times and an hour for lunch)
Location: The Whistle Stop Corner - 330 Lamar St, San Antonio, 78202
Cost: $75 for the general public; $60 for SAWG members
Includes: deli lunch and personal one-on-one review of your first fifteen pages with Tex Thompson
Prerequisite: advanced reading required (30 double-spaced pages - will be sent out a week prior to the workshop). Registration closes November 4th, or when seats are filled.
San Antonio Writers' Guild hosts writing critique sessions most Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Members sign up to read their work, and attendees discuss plot, pacing, dialogue, and general writing craft. Visitors are welcome, as are all genres - fiction writing and non-fiction/poetry.
The Wednesday workshops are held at various locations. Join our mailing list, or join SAWG, to get the details on upcoming locations.
On the first Thursday of each month, SAWG holds a general meeting at 7:00 p.m. A typical agenda includes welcoming new members and visitors, sharing good and bad news, notification of upcoming events, Guild business, and a program - most often a professional writer speaking on topics of interest to the group.
Visitors are welcome. Our Board of Directors meeting is at 6:00, and members may sit in on that meeting as well.
Sign up to get e-mail notifications of our critique session locations and other events. This is a great first step. Visit a few meetings or critiques and then become a member of SAWG (see Membership page).