For the purposes of our workshop, please bring the following:
1) Choose a novel that you love and respect. It should be commercially successful. It should be published within the last 20 years. It should be very close to the kind of novel you are trying to write. You don't need to bring the actual novel. But write down a few things you like about it, things you wouldn't mind imitating.
2) A sense of humor.
3) A willingness to be critiqued without being defensive.
4) Some good ideas about how to make the other openings better than they are.