Working Every Angle with Scott O'Connor

In this two-week workshop, award-winning author Scott O’Connor will guide you through the ins-and-outs of POV, and how it can be used to unlock difficult characters.

Your Instructor: Scott O'Connor, author of HALF WORLD and UNTOUCHABLE

Where: Online — Available everywhere!

When: January 31, 2017 - February 14, 2017

Enrollment: 16 students

Price: $175

Class Description

Every writer has one—that character who won’t come alive on the page.

No matter how many times we write and rewrite their scenes, they still feel flat and unfinished. We’d cut them from the manuscript, but we just know they have something to offer—they might even provide the key to the piece we’re working on.

These difficult characters can cause even the most promising novels and stories to stall out, tempting even the most talented writers to take shortcuts that leave their work emotionally incomplete. So how do we approach these characters? How do we get inside their heads and hearts?

It’s all about Point of View.

In this two-week workshop, award-winning author Scott O’Connor will guide you through the ins-and-outs of POV, and how it can be used to unlock difficult characters. Through in-depth lectures and readings, targeted exercises, and constructive feedback, Scott will help you find your character’s voice, hopes, fears, and motivations.

This is the perfect class both for beginners who want to learn the fundamentals of POV and characterization, and for experienced writers who find themselves at the end of their rope with a difficult character.

*Sign up by Jan. 24 to save $25 on the cost of this class!

*After Jan. 24 the price will increase to $200 for the general public and $175 for LitReactor members.

What This Class Covers

Week One: First Person—The Art of Inhabiting Your Character

Let’s jump right into the deep end. This week we’ll approach our characters through the closest POV possible: First Person. We’ll learn the benefits of seeing the world through our character’s eyes, we’ll begin to hear their unique voices, and we’ll learn techniques to discover their deepest secrets.

Week Two: A Little Perspective with Third Person POV

Stay close, but get a little perspective. This week, we’ll explore a close Third Person POV. Building from our First Person work, we’ll take a half step back and observe our character in action, gaining insights that are only possible with a little objectivity and distance.

*Both weeks will include writing assignments, to be critiqued by Scott and your peers, as well as opportunities for Q&A and discussion. 

Goals Of This Class

  • Develop an understanding of and facility for First- and Third-Person Points of View.
  • Study how other writers use POV to reveal character.
  • Learn POV techniques to unlock even the most difficult characters.
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