ClassFiction Writing from the Inside Out
Discussions around point-of-view (POV) in fiction writing usually focus on the strengths and challenges of writing a first-person versus third-person narrator—but we’re venturing far beyond that. In this workshop, we’ll dig into lesser used POVs, including first person plural (“we”) and second person (“you”). But we won’t stop there. Perspective extends beyond point-of-view, intersecting with plot, setting, theme, meaning, and more. We’re going to figure out how to make the most of perspectives in our fiction. In addition, we will explore how our individual experiences and identities shape our perspectives and how understanding this can help deepen our character development. We’ll also touch on considerations for writing secondary characters whose identities are not your own lived experience.
In our sessions, we’ll use examples and short stories to dig into the craft choices published writers made and discuss how we can use them in our own writing. We’ll also have generative, guiding writing prompts designed to help you develop a new story. Each class will include optional sharing opportunities with verbal feedback from your instructor. This workshop is designed to build storytelling skills for writers of all genres and all levels.