Can I Call You Ishmael? Making Point-of-View Decisions In Your Fiction with Paula Whyman

One of the most crucial decisions you’ll make when writing a story is choosing the lens through which it is told. Change the point-of-view, and you change the reader’s understanding of the story—you even change the story itself.

Students will read and discuss excerpts from works by masters of fiction with an eye on the author’s approach to point-of-view. Focus on guided in-class exercises designed to provide practice using different points-of-view and aid in the decision-making process. Please come ready to write in class; to read your in-class work aloud in a supportive, positive environment; and to participate actively in discussions of literature and craft. The reading and discussion will focus on character-driven, literary fiction. All levels welcome; some experience in writing fiction is helpful.

Paula Whyman’s debut collection of linked short stories, YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER, is due out in May 2016. She is an award-winning fiction writer whose stories have been published in top literary journals including Ploughshares, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Hudson Review. She has been a fellow of The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and The Studios of Key West, and a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

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$50/40 mbrs

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533 Eaton Street

The Studios of Key West