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November 2020


Nov 11

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes Short Fiction The Novel

November 2020: Intermediate Fiction Workshop

Wed, November 11 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This six week fiction workshop is open to students with some experience writing fiction of any length (flash, short stories, novels). Emphasis will be on the workshop and supporting each other to bring our fiction to the next level. Students can expect to submit substantial writing for workshop twice during the course, and to complete 1-2 hours of reading or outside work each week, in addition to writing time. Outcomes: Students will complete generative exercises and short readings for greater…

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Nov 14

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes The Novel

November 2020 online: Addictive Openings: Refining and Electrifying Your Novel’s First Pages

Sat, November 14 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this class, we will spend four sessions together diving deep into what makes those sometimes tricky opening pages of your novel really sing. Most of us can bring to mind our favorite novels, and how they seemed to reach out and grab us right away. There is nothing more exhilarating than feeling that sense of immediate capture. But writing them can be tricky—should you use a prologue, how much context or backstory is really needed, and then of course,…

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