Hooking Your Readers from the First Page -- and Why It Matters
Chris Bohjalian says that his fiction has changed enormously in the digital age -- and it has changed for a variety of reasons. But the big one? The spectacular renaissance in TV and Film. The Sopranos. Breaking Bad. Fargo. Sociologists and anthropologists have chronicled the way our attention spans have changed, but so have our expectations of narrative: Bohjalian believes that even literary fiction must begin with a bang (at least a metaphoric one). And so in this workshop, he will explore with the writers how to begin a novel or a short story -- and how to hook your readers from the first page.