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Kickstart Your…Story Openings (Youth Workshop via Zoom) with Tina Tocco

January 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Story openings have a monumental job. They entice your reader to continue reading! But what’s the best way to get their attention? Dialogue? Backstory? Setting? In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll write your own story opening from a prompt. Then, you’ll revamp it—once, twice, maybe even three times!—creating different effects with each revamp. Don’t worry—we’ll take a look at some story openings so you understand how different styles can change your piece. By the end of this workshop, you’ll see how your reimagined intros can alter tone, POV, pace, and more. Plus, you’ll leave with at least three variations of a story opening you can build on outside of class. Shake off the winter blues and spend a few hours writing, writing, writing!

This class is best suited to students aged 14-18. Writers of all levels are welcome. The only requirement is a desire to write.

The class will be held via Zoom. The Zoom link will be emailed at the time of registration. (Please check spam / promotions filters.) Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Tina Tocco is a Pushcart Prize nominee. A writer for both adults and young readers, Tina’s work has appeared in many publications, including Highlights, Cricket, Humpty Dumpty, Turtle, Crab Creek Review, and Italian Americana. Her work has been featured in The Best Small Fictions 2019, Best Nonfiction Food (2020), and other anthologies. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell, the college’s national literary journal. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She teaches for Kids Short Story Connection (Greenburgh), Arts Escape (Connecticut), GrubStreet (Massachusetts), Hugo House (Washington), and other organizations.


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January 9
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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