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03/16 The Art and Science of Beginnings with Kyle Minor

Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014 Time: 2pm to 5pm Number of sessions: 1 -- One day class! Members: $45 Nonmembers: $54 Location: The NEW Ink Spot, NTC at Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202, San Diego, CA 92106

Learn about this important part of your story with a visiting author!

We’ll consider such questions as: What makes a beginning fly? What obligations attend to a beginning? How might a writer manage information in ways that pay off later in the story? What is the relationship between the story’s beginning and its ending? The beginning and the middle? The beginning and the speaker? What kinds of opening gambits are available to the writer besides good old in medias res? We’ll look at lots of story beginnings, and then we’ll write some of our own, and share and workshop them.

Third in a reading series at San Diego Writers, Ink. T.C. Porter presents national and local authors, each reading from published or brand new works. At 7pm, following the workshop, Minor will be reading from Praying Drunk, his new collection of short fiction. Local authors joining Kyle include Tony Bonds, Zach Wentz, Adam Deutsch, Tina Hyland, and Brian Thedell. Click here for more info.

kyleKyle Minor is the author of two collections of stories:  In the Devil’s Territory (2008) and Praying Drunk (forthcoming, 2014). He is the winner of the 2012 Iowa Review Prize for Short Fiction and the Tara M. Kroger Prize for Short Fiction, one of Random House’s Best New Voices of 2006,and a three-time honoree in the Atlantic Monthly contest. His work has appeared online at Esquire, Salon, and Tin House, and in print in The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, Best American Mystery Stories 2008, Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers, Forty Stories: New Voices from Harper Perennial, and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013.

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