This week at The Writer we’ve been working out the details
for a new bimonthly column we think our readers will enjoy. The column, to be called
First Page, will debut in our February issue, which is due out in early
In the column, Peter Selgin, an accomplished fiction writer
and one of our top contributors, will critique the opening page of a writer’s
short story or novel. He’ll be taking a close look at both micro and macro
issues in that all-important first page. We think you’ll find his commentary
Here’s a capsule bio on Peter:
He is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007
Flannery O'Connor Award for Fiction; and Life Goes to the Movies, a novel; as
well as two books on writing craft, By Cunning & Craft and 179 Ways to Save
a Novel: Matters of Vital Concern to Fiction Writers. Confessions of a
Left-Handed Man, a memoir in essays whose title essay was included in Best
American Essays 2006, will be published by University of Iowa Press/Sightline
Books in 2011. He is currently Viebranz Distinguished Visiting Professor of
Creative Writing at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.
For more information, visit www.peterselgin.com.
--Ron Kovach, senior editor, The Writer
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