Conquering the Freshman Fifteen

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Date(s) - 11/11/2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Whistle Stop Corner

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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!

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.

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