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The Hardest Part: Writing Beginnings and Endings with Joe Wilkins

$125

2 Sessions

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Monday & Tuesday 5:00 pm EDT - 7:15 pm EDT November 22 to November 23, 2021

Online via Zoom

Beginnings and endings—in novels, short stories, essays, and memoirs—are hard. An arresting beginning is the writer’s one chance to capture a reader, and a just-right ending sends a reader back into the world forever changed. In this generative lesson, participants will read a number of examples from both fiction and nonfiction, and ultimately highlight four strategies for crafting good beginnings and endings. Attendees are asked to have a story or essay in progress handy for in-class revision work.

All Levels
Capacity: 20

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  • Joe Wilkins - Joe Wilkins

    Joe Wilkins

    Joe Wilkins

    Joe Wilkins is the author of a novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, praised as “remarkable and unforgettable” in a starred review at Booklist. A finalist for the First Novel Prize from The Center for Fiction and the Pacific Northwest Book Award, Fall Back Down When I Die won the 2020 High Plains Book Award. Wilkins is also the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by the likes of Richard Ford, Louise Erdrich, and Alice Munro—and four collections of poetry, including Thieve and When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. Wilkins lives with his family in Oregon.