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Corvallis: First Fifteen Pages Workshop with Tex Thomson

May 19, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Tex Thomson Workshop

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) – without forgetting to plant some tantalizing questions to keep us turning the pages – 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 one 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!

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Date: Saturday, May 19

Time: 8:30 AM – 4 PM

Place: Comfort Inn, 1730 NW 9th, Corvallis, Or 97330


  • Early Bird – Before May 1, 2018
    • WW members $60.00 
    • Guests $70.00 
  • Students (with valid student ID) before May 12, 2018 $40.00 
  • Regular Registration: May 1 – May 12, 2018
    • WW members $70.00
    • Guests $80.00 

Includes: Morning and afternoon refreshments and personal one-on-one review of your first fifteen pages with Tex Thompson

Prerequisite: advanced reading required (30 double-spaced pages – will be sent out a week prior to the workshop). Registration closes May 12, or when seats are filled.

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May 19, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Comfort Suites, Corvallis
1730 NW 9th Street
Corvallis, OR 97068 United States