Session with Christine Sneed: Getting it Done-Writing Effective Story Openings

Christine Sneed: Getting It Done—Writing Effective Story Openings; Staying With It—The Writing Life

Part 1: Story Openings
Writers know that they have only so much time to engage their readers' interest before they give up and move on to something else. In this talk, Christine will discuss how to effectively ensnare your readers with, for example, arresting language, imagery and voice.  

Part 2: Staying With It
Most of us have heard stories about writers catapulting at a young age to fame and fortune but, for the overwhelming majority of writers, this is not the case at all. Christine will talk about her own experiences over the past 20 years as a writer of prose and poetry, and how writers stay with it when facing the self-doubt and rejection that sometimes arrive as regularly as the cold winds off Lake Michigan.


Christine Sneed's first book, the story collection Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, was chosen as a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, first-fiction category, and named the Chicago Writer's Association Book of the Year. In addition, Time Out Chicago listed it as one of the seven best books of the year. Her second book, Little Known Facts, was published by Bloomsbury in February. Her short stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories and a number of other journals.

Christine will accept manuscripts from members. See the newsletter for details.

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$15. for non-members

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