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Inprint Intensive Workshops, Writers Workshops,

NOVEL 2019-303

Course #2019-303
Saturday October 5 1:30 pm–5:30 pm & Sunday, October 6, 1:30 - 5:30 pm
Cost: $180 Instructor: Theodora Bishop
This workshop is full


Inprint House
1520 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006 United States
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Terry Pratchett has described the process of completing a first draft of a novel as “just telling yourself the story.” In first drafts in particular, it is important to get our story down on the page—no easy feat! But once we draft our novel and begin the revision process, how do we polish and even amp up the stakes in its opening pages? How do we not only invite our readers into the worlds of our characters, but entice them into staying on for the duration of our novels? The goal of this two-day intensive is to not only effectively “hook” our readers, but to hint at shades of the complete stories our novels aim to tell. Over the course of two afternoons, we will closely study the openings of a range of published novels, identify and evaluate the strategies we notice in each, and discuss how these beginnings not only relate to each novel’s larger narrative as a whole, but to what extent each opening lures us into the book’s thrall. We will also engage in a mini workshop in which we discuss the first three pages of the novel drafts each writer in the intensive is working on and apply the techniques we’ve gained from our examination across other works. Ideally, writers should be prepared to circulate the opening three pages of their novels in advance of the intensive. Our two-day workshop will culminate in generative exercises that challenge the ways we approach our novel beginnings.

About the instructor

THEODORA BISHOP is the author of the novella On the Rocks, winner of a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award, as well as of the chapbook Mother Tongues, winner of The Cupboard’s 2015 contest. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Short Fiction (England), and elsewhere. A Best New Poets and four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Theodora Bishop holds an MFA from the University of Alabama and is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston and is the recipient of an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship. She has served as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast and Fiction Editor for Big Fiction.

By registering for an Inprint Writers Workshop you are agreeing to Inprint’s registration policies. Remember to sign up for the waiting list if the workshop you would like to take is full. To see the full Fall 2019 workshop schedule click here.