“Come In Here”: How Stories Draw Us In
Lecture no. 1 from the course: Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers
Taught by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black | 33 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses
Begin your exploration of American short stories with a look at one of the form’s most important features: the opening sentence. Learn the four P’s (people, place, perspective, and problem) and how they can help build a strong opening to a story. Then listen to multiple examples of first sentences and their various strengths and weaknesses.