Point of view — you don’t even know what it is until you start trying to write fiction. Then the questions start. Whose story is this? First person or third? Can I use omniscient? What about multiple points of view? How to handle point-of-view shifts? Does it matter if the viewpoint slip-slides? How does POV relate to narrative voice? This workshop explores answers to all these questions and more.
How viewpoint changes the story and determines what the reader knows
Deciding where you want the “camera” to tell your story – close or at a distance; fixed or flexible; one viewpoint or several
Point of view options, advantages and disadvantages
Sliding viewpoint and head hopping: How to get viewpoint under control
Deepening viewpoint: how to add attitude to create a memorable and unique narrative voice.
Note: this class has a handout available on the handouts page on the media menu.