The Power of Point of View: A Technical Workshop, with Rachel Howard, April 21 (via Zoom)

Rachel Howard

WEDNESDAYS, APR. 21 — MAY 26 | Point of view takes nitty-gritty work to master, but the work pays off for the rest of your writing life. Where once you were a student driver handling a Ford Fusion on automatic, stuck writing stories in a single close-third person POV, suddenly you’re a race car driver handling a Maserati, about to shift gears through the kinds of maneuvers you never thought you’d try. Yep, you’ve got to grapple with some conceptual apparatus to make this happen, and there’s some jargon (Free Indirect Discourse, anyone?) to decode. But with guidance, getting technical with point of view is magical. That’s what we’ll do in this practical workshop, first wrapping our heads around the idea that our stories have a triumvirate Author-Narrator-Character consciousness, then close reading a wealth of examples, from 19th century style omniscience to contemporary varieties of second person. How can a single point of view shift at just the right moment shape an entire story? And how can you write with the spaciousness of perspective to make that happen? You’ll leave this class technically transformed, with new writing possibilities before you.

This class will meet on Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.

Rachel Howard is the author of a novel, The Risk of Us, which won the 2019 Nautilus gold medal in fiction, and a memoir, The Lost Night. Her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Zyzzyva, the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Gulf Coast, Waxwing, and other venues. She has taught at the Grotto for 11 years, and earned her MFA at Warren Wilson College, where she served as the Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow and then as Interim Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing. More at


Number of sessions: 6

Date: Wednesdays, April 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm Pacific time

Course fee: $445

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