Bring the beginning of a project; a book, chapter, or poem.
After the submission is read anonymously, the audience will be asked if the introduction was enough to inspire further reading.
This exercise is based on Peter Selgin's book Your First Page.
According to Selgin, “The choices we make in those first few sentences, paragraphs, and pages determine not only how what we’ve written gets read, but whether it will be read at all.”
His book is based on the premise that almost everything that can go right or wrong in a work of fiction or memoir goes wrong or right on the first page.
Bring a piece of writing between 150 - 250 words.
Typed, double-spaced, in Times New Roman font with a size between 12-14.
Do not include your name.
*Depending on time constraints and number of entries, all submissions may not be read.