Conference Schedule 2020
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Where to Begin: The Art of Starting Your Story with Matt Bell, Peter Twal, Sarah Viren, Justin Nogan
Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main (view map)
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Novels, Short Stories, Writing Process
About the Session
The ominous beginning; the leap that starts it all; the moment of breath before your characters hit the page. Sometimes the start is the hardest of all. How does a writer dive into a beginning? Some writers outline the story arc, each character’s decision plotted to a point, down to the detailed minutia, while others meet the empty page with zest and vigor knowing they can and will fill in the gaps later. Writers often doubt their beginnings, no matter how advanced they are in their craft. Hear from published authors about how they got started and kept their momentum going on their first book, and what happened after.