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Establishing Authority

From the first sentence, we know if we are in confident, capable hands. The best writers establish authority immediately. There is a clear sense of control, which is earned with particular language, tone, detail, cadence, and by creating urgency—a simple question of “Why should I keep reading?” We will look at successful and unsuccessful openings, analyzing how the author has or hasn’t firmly captivated the reader. With the close readings, we will subject the texts to the same cold-reading standard I have at Tin House, where we receive upwards of 20,000 submissions a year.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Rob Spillman

Class Type: 1 Session

Start Date: 04/03/2016

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Rob Spillman

ROB SPILLMAN is editor of Tin House magazine and editorial advisor of Tin House Books. He was previously the book columnist for Details magazine. He has written for Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Premiere, Rolling Stone, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and online magazines. He has also worked for Random House, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker.

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