Every Story Has a Beginning

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Any writer will tell you that a story begins long before the first word is written. It is not a question of talent, but rather a knack for paying attention and “seeing” stories where others merely see chaos or coincidence. For this workshop, you have a dual role as reader and writer. Does the opening set up a plot? Are the characters compelling? Can you predict the evolution of that plot and those characters? What do you “know” about the characters? For the second part of the workshop, after a brief writing exercise, you will discuss your own works in progress. Perhaps you have done the first part of beginning, the accumulation of ideas, but have not started the expression of those ideas. All in all, this is a workshop about the craft of writing, not the art.

Although he had been publishing short stories since he was a teenager, Larry Baker was fifty before his first novel, The Flamingo Rising, was published. Flamingo was one of three finalists for the Barnes and Noble “Great New Voices” award for 1997, a Los Angeles Times “Top 100” book for 1997, and chosen by the Iowa Center for the Book to represent Iowa at the 2010 National Book Festival in Washington. It was also adapted for a Hallmark tv movie in 2001.

  • Presented By: Iowa Writers' House
  • Dates: March 23, 2019
  • Address: 332 E Davenport St
  • Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Price: $75
Every Story Has a Beginning
  • 332 E Davenport St
  • Iowa City, IA 52245
  • March 23, 2019
  • Iowa Writers' House
  • $75