The First Twenty Pages

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The First Twenty Pages

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a good novel in possession of a sluggish beginning will very likely be in want of a reader. Because let’s face it, if the opener doesn’t grab the reader (or agent/publisher) right from the first, the rest of the book, no matter how fantastic, may not get eyes. This novel writing workshop will focus on beginnings. Over the course of eight weeks, we’ll look at the openings of a range of successful novels as well as at the first twenty pages of participants’ novels-in-progress. In the end, students will walk away with both a sharper opening as well as a deeper understanding of the tools authors employ to invite readers inside the pages of their novels.


  • Instructor: Katie McDougall
  • Length of workshop: 8 weeks
  • Date:  Mondays, September 11 - October 30
  • Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Refinery Nashville
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About the Instructor: 

Katie McDougall is the cofounder/co-director of The Porch. For her full bio, please see our About Us page.