Dialogue and Point of View
WRITING X 461.6E
Practice and explore the critical craft elements of dialogue and point of view to strengthen your storytelling and create compelling stories.
What you can learn.
- Read published excerpts to study how their writers made creative choices
- Explore the role of dialogue in stories
- Examine various narration choices to understand how they can enhance your story
- Complete weekly exercises to discover what techniques work best for you
About this course:
This is a reading and exercise-based class designed to explore and practice dialogue, voice, and point-of-view in fiction and creative nonfiction. Each week, we will read sample fiction and creative nonfiction to identify how the content is influenced by the narrative choices the writers make. We’ll discuss how dialogue can bring characters and situations to life without imitating the hesitation or redundancy of real conversation. We’ll identify the benefits and drawbacks of narrating your work in first, second, and third-person point-of-view. We’ll explore the power of voice and the influence of narrative distance on the reader. Weekly exercises put theory into practice and help discover what works (and doesn't) in your own writing practice.