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First Pages Workshop

We will workshop the opening pages of your story or novel with meticulous attention to the promises made by your language. We’ll scrutinize the openings of your story or novel the way fatigued and time-crunched editors, agents, and slush readers at literary magazines do, then rework them to be more instantly absorbing, narratively propulsive, authoritative, and elegant. Bring the first two pages of your manuscript.

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.

If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.

If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.

If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Claire Vaye Watkins

Class Type: 1 Session


Start Date: 04/16/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

$85.50 Member Price:
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$95.00 General Price:

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Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins has appeared in Granta, One Story, the Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, New Stories from the Southwest 2013, the New York Times, and elsewhere. She was named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”

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