Yesterday I taught an a six-hour workshop on "Your Opening Scene," part of Clarion West's new series of day-long workshops in the Seattle area. Twelve students, Clarion Director Leslie Howle, and I jammed ourselves into a small back room upstairs in the University Book Store. Amid the storage boxes, we had a productive session; this was a good group. Here we are during the critique part of the workshop:
Memorable lines from critiques:
"I feel that this is a block of granite and there's a David in there somewhere."
"This suffers from King Kong Syndrome -- Get to the monkey!"
I felt like you're telling me the truth, and I want to be lied to."
"I just wanted to bathe in this Prologue."
"The girl is the most interesting thing in the chapter, and she's dead."