Grabbing a reader’s attention right from the start is the most important part of storytelling; but knowing how and where to begin a novel can be daunting. Help is at hand this Sunday, Oct. 21, when novelist Deborah Reed visits Newport for a Willamette Writers workshop on how to start a book off right.
Reed will explore the key elements of conflict, point-of-view, a sense of place, rhythm and prose right from the get-go of a story so the reader will want to keep turning the page. Participants are encouraged to bring the opening pages of their own work to share for a quick critique.
Reed, who lives in Manzanita, is the author of four novels: “The Days When Birds Come Back,” “Olivay,” “Things We Set on Fire” and “Carry Yourself Back to Me.” She has also authored two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun.
As well as serving as co-director of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany, she teaches creative writing at workshops around the US and in Europe.
Sunday’s workshop, which is free and open to all, runs from 2 to 4 pm at Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street.
For more information, go to willamettewriters.com/coast or Willamette Writers Coast Chapter’s Facebook page.