Consciousness

WRITING 762.14

Learn how various points of view in narration offer limitations and opportunities for you as a storyteller

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What you can learn.

  • Get essential information on the most common points of view used in writing today
  • Understand how nontraditional points of view can offer interesting opportunities
  • Make a connection between the story you want to tell and the best point of view to capture your reader
  • Examine published works and complete exercises to enrich your understanding

About this course:

In this three-hour seminar on point of view, we explore the various choices available regarding point of view. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of first-person, the various third-person perspectives, as well as some of the less-frequently used angles such as second-person and first-person plural. Students leave this seminar with a new understanding of the choices available to them regarding point of view and how it affects the stories they write and the presentation of characters' interior lives. Students gain the necessary tools to determine which point of view works best for this interior exploration through examination of published stories and through exercises related to their own work.

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