Outstanding Openings

Presented by Tina Tocco
December 5 - 23, 2022
Cost:  Free for RWAOL members.  $15 for non-members.  
Public welcome.

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About This Workshop

Opening paragraphs can be one of the most important — and most challenging — parts of any story. Even if writers have the perfect details swimming in their brains, what’s the best way to kickstart those first lines (and keep readers reading)? Action? Dialogue? A question?

In this 2-week workshop, we’ll examine a variety of story openings and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. Then, you’ll revise your opening paragraphs multiple times, exploring what works best for your work in progress. You’ll post your assignments during both weeks, giving and receiving feedback, and are encouraged to share your writing process.

By the end of this workshop, you’ll have at least two distinctly new versions of your original story opening, plus a greater understanding of how different styles for different projects can benefit your writing.

Takeaway:
By the end of this workshop, students will have at least two distinctly new versions of their original story opening, plus a greater understanding of how different styles for different projects can benefit their writing.
 

About The Presenter

Tina Tocco is a Pushcart Prize nominee for fiction. An award-winning writer for both adults and kids, she has published across genres in various magazines and literary journals, including New Ohio Review, Roanoke Review, River Styx, Italian Americana, Highlights for Kids, and Cricket. Tina has also contributed to anthologies, such as The Best Small Fictions 2019 (Sonder Press, 2019), Best Nonfiction Food (Woodhall Press, 2020), and #Me, Too, Anch’io: An Italian-American Women’s Anthology (Poets Wear Prada, 2020). She has taught for Barnes & Noble, GrubStreet, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Hudson Valley Writers Center, Westchester Community College, and other organizations. Tina earned her MFA from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal.

What You Need to Know

  • Deadline to register:  December 5, 2022.
  • You do NOT need to be a member of RWA® or RWAOL to take this class.
  • RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a discussion board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.  This is not an email loop workshop.
  • For questions, contact us through our contact form.