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Agents and editors don’t have time to tell you what really stopped them from turning your pages or asking for more. But Katrin does. After years of writing monthly blogs for GrubStreet, she learned that she loved helping writers tell their stories. Demystifying the first pages in a clear yet kind way, including suggestions for next steps and posing critical questions, is one of the best ways to do that.
Bring your memoir, novel, short story, and learn how to craft a compelling opening to grab an agent’s attention.
Meet Your Instructor
Katrin Schumann is the bestselling author of the novels The Forgotten Hours (Lake Union 2019) and This Terrible Beauty (Lake Union 2020), as well as five collaborative nonfiction titles. She teaches at GrubStreet (Boston), was an instructor in PEN New England’s Prison Writing program, and leads sessions at writers conferences such as Writers Digest, AWP etc. As the Program Coordinator for the Key West Literary Seminar, she runs their workshop program and awards scholarship funds for writers, teachers and librarians. Before going freelance, Katrin worked at NPR, where she won the Kogan Media Award. Her work has been featured on TODAY, Talk of the Nation, and in The London Times, as well as other national and international media outlets, and she has a regular writing column on GrubWrites. Katrin studied languages at Oxford and journalism at Stanford. Born in Germany, she lives in Boston and Key West.