Description of Class
Point of view is so complex that well-meaning writing handbooks will often present us with simplified takes on it—digestible definitions like “third person limited” and “first person observer.” These terms are handy, but if we stick too close to them, we run the risk of limiting our perception of what’s possible.
In this class, we’ll honor the exciting complexity of point of view by revisiting the foundational three “persons” (first, second, third) and taking a close look at a wide range of nuanced “inflections” (intimacy, distance, objectivity, subjectivity). We’ll also discuss the use of “narrative distance” as well as line-level strategies for “point of view character limitation.” The idea will be to challenge our understanding of what we are and aren’t allowed to do as writers.
You’ll walk out of the class with practical point of view handouts—including terminology, strategies, and writing exercises—that you can use to revitalize an existing project or to help you get cracking on a new one.Top