Begin with a Bang: Fantastic First Acts (Online)
Taught by Joe Pfister
Joe Pfister is a writer, teacher, and Tecmo Super Bowl enthusiast living in Brooklyn. His fiction has appeared in such publications as PANK, Juked, and New World Writing. He is a graduate of the MFA Writing program at Sarah Lawrence College and currently serves as fiction editor for The Boiler Journal.
When it comes to story, endings get all the kudos. But what about great openings? Stories have to start long before they come to a satisfactory conclusion. So how do we hook our reader and entice them to keep reading?
In this two-hour craft course, we will take a deep dive into some startling and memorable first acts in contemporary fiction. We will see how writers employ setting, character, viewpoint, and a central, motivating question (or questions) to build and shape the audience’s expectations from the very beginning.