Where Should I Start?

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Where Should I Start?

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We live our lives in a linear fashion, but that form doesn’t always lend itself to the best storytelling. This workshop tackles novel, chapter, and scene starts; how to write back and forth in time, and how to provide backstory without creating a dreaded info dump. We’ll examine literature for both good and bad examples of novel and chapter starts (and ends), discuss what to avoid, and perform some writing exercises that help us find the true starts to our scenes. This workshop is appropriate for writers of any prose genre including memoir, fiction, short stories, and essays.

  • Instructor: Jen Chesak

  • Length of workshop: 3 hours

  • Date: Saturday, Jan. 12

  • Time: 2 - 5 pm

  • Location: Porch HQ
    2811 Dogwood Pl.
    Nashville, TN 37204

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Jennifer Chesak, an East Nashville-based writer and editor, operates an independent publishing and editing company, Wandering in the Words Press. Jennifer earned her Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism and has had a storied career as a freelance adventure, travel, and fitness writer for publications like Runner's World, Women's Running and Field & Stream online to name a few. She serves as a mentor for Middle Tennessee State University's certificate in writing program, MTSU Write, and is currently working on a fiction novel set in her native state of North Dakota. Jennifer mulls over plot lines and character traits while training for her next marathon or working in her garden. Find her writing and editing tips at http://wanderinginthewordspress.com.