More Than a Hook: Writing Strong Opening Paragraphs in Short Fiction

Jason Sizemore

Born the son of an unemployed coal miner living deep within Appalachia, Kentucky, Jason Sizemore ventured out of the hills to eventually became a publisher, editor, writer, and software developer. He is a Hugo and Stoker Award-nominated editor, and runs Apex Publications, a local science fiction, fantasy, and horror press based in Lexington. Jason has been a regular blogger for Tor.com, had his work published in a variety of writers’ guides, and has over thirty published stories to his credit. Visit Jason on the web or on Twitter.


  • Meets On:
        Thursdays, May 7 - May 21
  • Address:
    251 W. Second Street
    Lexington, KY, 40507
  • Cost:
    $39

With Jason Sizemore.

When it comes to selling your work, no single facet of a story is more important than your introduction. Editors at all levels rely on those first few paragraphs to judge your work. We will discuss how to build great openings, read and cover exemplary published texts, and dissect and improve the introductions of your work—completed, in progress, or wholly new.