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Famous First Lines

  • The House of Seven Gables 115 Derby Street Salem, MA, 01970 United States (map)

“Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne had hoped to finish The House of the Seven Gables by November, but, like many writers even today, finishing a novel on deadline can be difficult. The Witch City Writers challenges you to a speed writing event using the famous first line of Hawthorne’s novel as inspiration.

Because of support from both Mass Humanities and the Witch City Writers, this event is free. Click the ticket link above to reserve a place for your family. For more information, email jarrison@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.