SATURDAYS, NOVEMBER 4 & 11 | Point of view is one of the most essential aspects of imaginative writing. Perspective is everything in narration, but writers sometimes choose a narrator without understanding the implications of the choice they’ve made. In the first 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 identify common POV “violations” and look at published examples, and we’ll respond to some writing prompts in class to experiment with POV. In the second class, we’ll workshop your writing, looking at how you can use POV and narrative distance to bring your characters to life.
Cheryl A. Ossola is a freelance writer and editor whose work has been published by Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Dance Studio Life, Dance/USA, and San Francisco Ballet and other ballet companies; her poetry appears in Switchback and the Pact Press anthology: Speak and Speak Again. An editor at Mathematica Policy Research, she has an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco and is (always) working on a novel.
Number of sessions: 2
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Date: Saturdays, November 4, 11
Course fee: $250