Intensive: Conquering the Freshman Fifteen
Please join us for this Intensive with Tex Thompson.
Your first fifteen pages need to thrust the reader right into the action of the story, of course. Oh, and also inspire an emotional connection to the character. While simultaneously providing description to ground us in time and place (but not too much) –and be sure that your first pages are making the right promises about the story to come, too – and is there any way you could sneak some zesty dialogue in there while you’re at it?
If your head is spinning and the words are blurring – don’t worry. Set your poor anxiety-sodden manuscript aside (just for a day!) and join us for a fun, fearless first-chapter free-for-all. We’ll work together to dissect the opening scenes from contemporary bestsellers, comparing notes to discover what they have in common and how you, too, can launch your reader smoothly into your story-world – no stress, no shame, no surrender!
Sunday Intensives are small, focused workshops, limited to 15 writers, and presented by industry professionals. This Intensive is three hours long, and includes lunch. You must register to attend Sunday Intensives at an additional cost.
Arianne “Tex” Thompson is a ‘rural fantasy’ author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of the Children of the Drought, an epic fantasy Western trilogy from Solaris, as well as an instructor for LitReactor and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas. Currently, she is blazing a trail through writers conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country – as an endlessly energetic, catastrophically cheerful one-woman stampede. Find her online at thetexfiles.com and wordwriters.org