Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Workshop June 2: The Seven Deadly First-page Sins

There's no one right way to begin your story – but there are plenty of wrong ones, as author Arianne "Tex" Thompson will discuss at her June 2 workshop entitled “The Seven Deadly First-page Sins.”
She will take you on a cautionary tour through the pits of page-one hell, complete with agent pet peeves, reader turn-offs, and "thanks but no thanks" editorial dealbreakers from 10 a.m. to noon at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, Mo., 63131. The workshop is free to St. Louis Writers Guild members and $5 for nonmembers.
“Don't let your manuscript suffer in form-rejection torment: let me guide you through the slush-pile inferno and lead your story toward the light!” she said.  
Tex will join the group via Zoom technology. Alternately, Guild members can view the workshop from their own computers. Check the Member’s Room at on June 2.
Tex is a rural fantasy author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser. She is the author of the Children of the Drought, an epic fantasy Western trilogy from Solaris, as well as an instructor for the Writers Path at SMU and chief instigator of WORD ñ Writers Organizations Round Dallas. Now she is blazing a trail through writers’ conferences, workshops, and fan conventions around the country as an endlessly energetic, catastrophically cheerful one-woman stampede. Find her online at and!
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