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Crafting Compelling Openings in Fiction: Free Zoom MasterClass with Gordy Sauer, November 9th, 2021
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Crafting Compelling Openings in Fiction: Free Zoom MasterClass with Gordy Sauer, November 9th, 2021

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Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

Live (FREE) Seminar Via Zoom 6PM – 7PM CST

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Led by Gordy Sauer, author of Child in the Valley, a book Larry McMurtry praised as "vividly brutal and haunting, well beyond its subject matter. Gordy Sauer has a bright future ahead of him."

Opening chapters, prologues, opening paragraphs, first sentences — writers have to grab readers from the beginning. The opening of a novel or short story not only situates your readers into your fictional world, but it also sets the tone for the entire reading experience.

In this free masterclass, we will discuss some of the broad strategies for crafting compelling openings as well as read a few captivating openings from well-known authors such as Stephen King, Toni Morrison, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the craft tools that help writers generate effective openings and some concrete strategies for implementing them.


  • Understanding of craft tools such as tone, diction, setting, character, time, etc. in openings.

  • Concrete strategies for approaching opening sentences/paragraphs.

  • Concrete strategies for approaching opening chapters/prologues.

**Purchase your copy of Child in the Valley from Hub City Press HERE.

Gordy Sauer is a native Texan and transplant Missourian. He holds an MFA from Columbia University. His work has appeared in Narrative Magazine and Boulevard, among other places, and it has received support from the Vermont Studio Center. Child in the Valley is his first novel.

*A recording of this seminar will be made available to enrolled writers who cannot attend live.

And, if you're in Dallas, Gordy is doing an in-person reading and conversation with the audience at Interabang Books on Thursday, November 4th at 7PM CST. More information here.


This free seminar will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 from 6PM - 7PM CST

  • Gordy Sauer | Live via Zoom

  • Seminar is FREE, fully ONLINE and meets via Zoom

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