Your opening is the first thing an agent or editor will read—and you don’t want it to be the last. But you’ve seen your own first page so often that its strengths, flaws, gaps, and even typos are invisible to you now. So often, all we can think to do to polish it up is add more descriptors—perhaps the last thing it needs. In this class we’ll hone the crucial elements of reader orientation, clarity, intrigue, promise, diction, and perspective—the things that make a reader keep reading, or move on. We’ll also talk about how to get a story really going, even in its first paragraphs, without sounding desperate—something harder than it seems.