Conquering the Freshman Fifteen (Pages)

Take deep-diving dissection of blockbuster story beginnings with Tex Thompson in this two day workshop.

Two Day Intensive

Tuesday, July 26 & Wednesday, July 27
6-9 PM Pacific

Wordcrafters Online Zoom Studio

Members $149 | Nonmembers $179

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Your first fifteen pages need to thrust the reader right into the action of the story, of course. Oh, and also inspire an emotional connection to the character. While simultaneously providing description to ground us in time and place (but not too much) –and be sure that your first pages are making the right promises about the story to come, too – and is there any way you could sneak some zesty dialogue in there while you’re at it?

If your head is spinning and the words are blurring – don’t worry. Set your poor anxiety-sodden manuscript aside (just for a couple of days!) and join us for a fun, fearless first-chapter free-for-all. We’ll work together to dissect the opening scenes from contemporary bestsellers, comparing notes to discover what they have in common and how you, too, can launch your reader smoothly into your story-world – no stress, no shame, no surrender!

Participants are invited to send Tex their first fifteen pages and schedule a phone call with her to discuss. Those interested should submit and schedule a chat between August 1-31. More information on this will be provided at the workshop.


About the Instructor

Arianne “Tex” Thompson is a licensed locksmith, egregiously enthusiastic editor, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of Children of the Drought, an internationally-published epic fantasy Western series from Solaris, as well as an instructor for Writing Workshops Dallas and ‘chief instigator’ of WORD – Writers Organizations ‘Round Dallas. Now she’s blazing a trail through conferences, workshops, and conventions around the country – as an endlessly energetic, catastrophically cheerful one-woman stampede. Find her online at thetexfiles.com and wordwriters.org!