Call Me Ishmael – A Fiction Workshop with Rachel Harper

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Call Me Ishmael – A Fiction Workshop with Rachel Harper

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Call Me Ishmael – A Fiction Workshop with Rachel Harper

Friday, Sept. 23
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
UM Liberal Arts Building - Room 337

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We all know not to judge a book by its cover, but most readers think it's just fine to judge one by its opening page--or sometimes even just the opening line. Knowing this bitter truth, how can writers craft their openings to entice and engage readers from the very first lines of their story or novel? This workshop will explore the many ways we can draw readers into our stories and keep them engaged page after page. Beginning with a short craft discussion, the leader will identify several successful techniques, offering examples from both contemporary and classic texts. Participants are asked to bring pen/paper or laptop in order to work on their own story beginnings, and will have an opportunity to share their writing with each other. 

Rachel M. Harper is a novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, Brass Ankle Blues, was a Borders Original Voices Award finalist and selected as a Target Breakout Book. Her newest novel, This Side of Providence, will be published in April 2016; it was recently adapted into an original television pilot, City of Providence. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies including Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness, Literary Pasadena, and Mending the World: Stories of Family by Contemporary Black Writers. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Southern California, Harper is on the faculty at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program.