Dialogue and Point of View
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 read sample fiction and creative nonfiction to identify how the…
What you can learn.
- Read published works and discuss the strengths and considerations in dialogue and point of view
- Enhance dialogue by making it an expression of character
- Learn to identify characteristics of main narration techniques
- Complete exercises that help your mastery of these essential techniques
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 read sample fiction and creative nonfiction to identify how the content is influenced by the narrative choices the writers make. We discuss how dialogue can bring characters and situations to life without imitating the hesitation or redundancy of real conversation and identify the benefits and drawbacks of narrating your work in first, second, and third-person point-of-view. We 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 what doesn't) in your own writing practice.
Summer 2021 Schedule
Remote instruction courses are taught online in real-time with regularly scheduled class meetings held via Zoom. Course materials can be accessed any time through an online learning platform.
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student's final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.