Beginnings that Grab: A common rejection reason is that a story “didn’t grab” the reader. So what makes a beginning that grabs? Are your stories starting in the right place, or do they really get going on the third or fourth page? Are you letting your readers know your tone and style right away? Are you inadvertently falling back on overused beginning tropes? This class will dive into what makes a great beginning, including specific examples and tools you can use to make your openings stand out.


This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $55 fee.

Unless otherwise stated, all times listed are US Pacific Time.

We offer a limited number of scholarships for each class to Black and Indigenous writers and writers from other marginalized backgrounds on a first come, first served basis. Please email us at workshop@clarionwest.org with a one-paragraph statement about your scholarship interest and need. Please include the name of the class you would like to apply the scholarship to.

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