9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Narrative Distance: How and Why to Zoom
Think of how a camera zooms. Writing does that too. Sometimes we're far away, sometimes we get a close up of a face. Sometimes it's—ooh, this is specific to writing—all the way inside a character's brain. I'm talking about narrative distance and this single-session class is about how to manage that distance—the how, the when, and the why.
We'll look at specific examples of sample texts (by writers such as Rumaan Alam, James Baldwin, Leesa Cross-Smith, Ruth Ozeki, Roxanne Gay, and Tobias Wolfe), that move close and far away, studying how the distance is achieved and what effects it has on the reader and the story. Then through prompts and exercises, we'll engage with different types of point of view, voice, time, tense, and perspective, putting what we've learned to practical use.