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“And the curtain rose…” Presented by Susan Kelly, Salem

September 9, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“And the curtain rose…”
Presented by Susan Kelly

Please note that this is a 2-hour workshop. We will start with a couple of announcements and follow immediately with the program, so come a little early if you want some time to chitchat. Also, if you can, bring a printed, double-spaced copy of the opening scene of your novel with you to work on.

You’ve been told repeatedly how important the opening of your novel is. You’re supposed to dazzle, fascinate, intrigue, compel and do it all within the first few pages. You’re given a laundry list of things to remember: story question, arc, inciting incident, reader contract, genre expectations, the world of the everyday. In reality, this is about as easy as riding a unicycle while juggling flaming torches.

Attend a two-hour, fun, interactive workshop led by Susan Kelly and learn practical ways to master that unicycle. Bring a printed, double-spaced copy of the opening scene of your novel with you to work on.

Susan Kelly 1Susan has long been obsessed with the structure of story. A writer, editor and the owner of a self-publishing company, she is at her happiest when she has other writers to evangelize.

Connect with the Salem Chapter

Salem Chapter’s Monthly Meetings

Unless otherwise stated…


The Salem Chapter meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m., except for July, August and December. (In August we head to Portland for the Willamette Writers Conference.) NOTE: this year our April meeting is on TUE April 7, 2015.

The Salem Chapter meets at the Salem Public Library (Central Library, Anderson Room B). 585 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97301 (opens in a new window/tab).

Meeting Format

6:30-7 pm: social time, including news and member announcements*
7-8:30 pm: speaker’s presentation followed by Q&A and book sales/signing
* We will have snacks, but if you want coffee or water please bring it with you.

Free for members of Willamette Writers.
Free for full-time students under 22 years old.
Guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5.
Non-members pay $10 to attend meetings.


September 9, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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