The Power of Point of View (with Cheryl Ossola)

Cheryl Ossola




SATURDAY, JUNE 3  |  Point of view is one of the most essential aspects of imaginative writing. In fact, perspective is everything in narration, but writers sometimes place the narrator without understanding the implications of the choice they’ve made. In this one-day class, we’ll talk about POV options—the use of first, second, or third person as well as the manipulation of narrative distance and its impact on characterization across the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and even poetry. We’ll identity common POV “violations” and look at published examples, and we’ll respond to some writing prompts in class to experiment with POV. By investigating how POV works and harnessing its power, you’ll find new narrative possibilities—and bump up your writing skills a notch.

After class, you’re welcome to mingle and share ideas, experiences, and nibbles in a 30-minute mixer.

Cheryl A. Ossola is a freelance writer and editor whose clients include San Francisco Ballet, Mathematica Policy Research, and Human Kinetics book publishers. Her work has been published in Dance Magazine and Dance Studio Life, at, online and in print by SF Ballet and other ballet companies, and in the literary journal Switchback (poetry). She has an M.F.A. in writing from the University of San Francisco and is fine-tuning a novel.


Number of sessions: 1

Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Date: Saturday, June 3

Course fee: $125

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