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 Saturday, June 16, 9:30-11:30 AM Pacific time. Cost is $99 for new students; $79 for returning students and Patreon supporters.

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.

Live classes are taught online via Google hangouts, are limited to 15 participants, and require reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane. A webcam is strongly suggested but not required. If there is an on-demand version of the class, you will be provided with a free coupon for it, so you have access to those notes.

To register for a class, send e-mail with the following details:

  • The email address that you use for Google stuff.
  • Which class or classes and the dates.
  • Whether you would prefer to pay via Paypal, check, or some other means.
  • Please identify yourself if you are a returning student or support Cat on Patreon to qualify for the special rate.

You should receive confirmation of your registration within 48 hours.

“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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