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How to Begin: Writing Seminar - Susanna Daniel, Michelle Wildgen - <span class="date-display-single">04/01/2020 - 10:30am</span>

How to Begin: Writing Seminar

04/01/2020 - 10:30am


Richard Russo said that he revises the first half of his novels "about seventeen times" and the ends of his novels just three of four times. Beginning a new story can feel like you're starting out on a great journey or it can feel like you're peering over the edge of a cliff. We'll talk about what elements make a powerful start, and how to convince yourself to take the leap. Watch Susanna Daniel discuss How To Begin.


Susanna recommends these writing prompts to help you get started.


For inspiration, check out Susanna's list of great beginnings.


Presented in partnership with the Madison Writer's Studio, this series of writing seminars is meant to give writers of all interest and ability levels exercises and prompts to spark creativity and generate ideas. 


Susanna Daniel

About Presenter Susanna Daniel


Author Susanna Daniel’s debut novel, Stiltsville, was awarded the PEN/Bingham prize for best debut work published in 2010, and her second novel, Sea Creatures, was named an Amazon Editors’ Top Pick of the Best Books of August, 2013.  Susanna was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where she spent much of her childhood at her family’s stilt house in Biscayne Bay.  Susanna is a co-founder, with author Michelle Wildgen, of the Madison Writers’ Studio. She is a graduate of Columbia University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her writing has been published in NewsweekSlateOne StoryEpoch, and elsewhere.  Susanna lives with her husband and two young sons in Madison, Wisconsin, where during the long winter she dreams of the sun and the sea, and of jumping off the stilt house porch at high tide.


Sea Creatures

Michelle Wildgen

About Presenter Michelle Wildgen


Michelle Wildgen is the author of the novels Bread and ButterYou’re Not You, and But Not For Long.  The film adaptation of You’re Not You, a New York Times’ Editor’s Choice and one of People Magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2006, stars Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum and was produced by DiNovi Pictures and 2S Films. Wildgen’s work includes fiction, essays, reviews, and food writing. She is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher, and an executive editor at the literary magazine Tin House. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.



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