Navigate the various options related to point of view in this 10-day intensive under the guidance of Suzy Vitello, den mother of Portland's hottest writing group.
Your Instructor: Suzy Vitello, author of THE MOMENT BEFORE and THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: May 11, 2015 - May 20, 2015
Enrollment: 30 students
It's time to look at your writing from a different viewpoint.
Modeled on Suzy Vitello's hit class, Say It Like You Mean It: 10 Days to Better Dialogue, we're excited to bring you another intensive from the den mother of Portland's hottest writing group.
In this ten-day class, Suzy will help you:
- Navigate point of view options and give you a decision-making tool kit to use for your next project.
- Squeeze the maximum from your chosen POV strategy to apply to your current project or projects.
- Give you clear guidance on what the various narrative options buy you, as well as their limitations.
You'll also get a writing assignment, so you can use your new muscles and get peer feedback. Five assignments will be chosen randomly for critique by Suzy, and another three people will be chosen for a chance to submit up to 10 pages of (double-spaced) prose to Suzy for critique after the workshop concludes.
And, as an added bonus, you’ll get POV wisdom from authors like Chuck Palahniuk, Lidia Yuknavitch, Monica Drake and Chelsea Cain!
What This Class Covers
Day 1: Why “head hopping” doesn’t work
Ah, the omniscient, all-knowing third-person narrator. Zipping in and out of heads, sampling thoughts and feelings willy-nilly. Once upon a time most narratives were crafted using this narrative strategy. Not anymore. Lecture one spells out why.
Day 2: Close third, multiple points of view
Lecture two breaks down this popular POV stance. It can be a very satisfying narrative option, but there are caveats. We’ll examine a passage of prose closely, and discuss this narrative decision and the resulting readers’ experience.
Day 3: Close third, single point of view
In this lecture, we’ll visit some examples of close third single POV for an understanding of what this narrative stance buys you, and what the potential drawbacks are.
Day 4: Second person point of view
Contrary to popular assumption, Jay McInerney did not invent this form. We’ll look at several examples of second-person narrative and discuss how to approach this form to maximize its effectiveness.
Day 5: First person point of view
Is it overused? Is it the default? Does it sound too self-conscious? This lecture will offer a few tricks to help you explore the full realm of possibilities with this popular narrative option.
Day 6: POV tips from "the group"
Various members of Portland’s hottest writing group will offer their wisdom on POV. An exclusive array of POV secrets from Chuck Palahniuk’s critique group. Also, this list will offer a strategy for deciding which narrative option to use.
Day 7: Submit your assignment!
Craft a scene with at least two characters in it. Write the scene twice, using two different point-of-view options with the following parameters:
- Keep the cumulative page count on the assignment to 7 pages or less (double-spaced)
- The characters should be engrossed in some sort of activity
- Include at least 3 exchanges of dialogue
Day 8: Peer reviews!
Fellow students will contribute comments on assignments as they are submitted.
Day 9: The selection of winners!
Suzy will continue take questions from students and the winners of the eight critiques will be selected.
Day 10: Wrap up and Q & A
Suzy will post line-by-line edits and notes on the randomly chosen “winning” five assignments, and follow up on any remaining questions.
Goals Of This Class
- Navigate point of view options
- Give you a decision-making tool kit to use for your next project
- Squeeze the maximum from your chosen POV strategy
- Give you clear guidance on what the various narrative options buy you, as well as their limitations
- Learn tips and tricks from Portland's hottest writing group, which includes authors like Chuck Palahniuk, Lidia Yuknavitch, Monica Drake and Chelsea Cain
- Win a chance for critiques from Suzy
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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