Short Story Openings

Things That Help A Story End Well

Think of the opening and ending of the story as the reader passing through the same door.

Instructor: Scott H. Andrews

The next class date is Sunday, November 7, 2021, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific Time.

Learn how to create engaging first lines and paragraphs, that bring them into the story — and what to do with them after that. Join Scott H. Andrews, editor of Beneath Ceaseless Skies, as he talks about how to write stories that absorb and interest.

Classes are limited to 15 students. They are taught online and require reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane; a webcam is suggested but not required. Classes are recorded for the benefit of class members only.

Cost is $99 ($79 for returning students and Patreon supporters, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions).

To register for this class, send an email with the following details:

  • Which class or classes and the dates you would like to register
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, Venmo, or some other means.
  • Whether or not you are a former student or Patreon supporter
  • How you heard about Cat’s classes

You will be invoiced when the class slot is reserved.

“Some real insight on what editors are looking for and how to write a story opening that keeps them reading!” -Steve Voelker
“I had some definite aha moments in the class. I think it was the great examples of (often) very subtle differences.” – @novarants on Twitter
“I feel like I got what I needed out of the handouts alone, but the exercises were awesome too!” – Diane Morrison

Free scholarships: If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has a slot reserved for such a student, and the sole criteria is that you can’t afford the class but really think it would be useful for you. To apply, mail me with your name, the class name/date, and a brief statement about why you want to take the class. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarship recipients will be notified the week before the class.

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