Whose Point of View Is It Anyway?


with Janet Burroway

Sat. Apr 18, 2020

Point of View is the most complex element of fiction writing, the most difficult to understand and the most difficult to accomplish. It consists of many moving parts. And yet this skill is the first thing that announces to an editor the presence of an amateur or a pro.

This workshop will deal with the practice of point of view: How can you understand POV in the fiction of others and yourself? How do you choose what person to write in? How can you be consistent when the reader needs external information? Must you really be consistent? How can you show physically a character whose viewpoint we share? How do you show the backstory? How do you signal an unreliable narrator? How do you make one sympathetic?

The method will be a combination of practicum—analyzing published passages—writing prompts and Q&A.

9:30 am – noon

Red Oak Writing ~ 11709 W. Cleveland Ave, West Allis

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$45 (current Roundtable participants, students & WWA members)

To register by mail, complete form & send check to: Red Oak Writing, PO Box 342, Genesee Depot, WI 53127

kim@redoakwriting or 414-881-7276 for info

Janet Burroway is the author eight novels including The Buzzards, Raw Silk, Opening Nights, Cutting Stone, and Bridge of Sand. Her Writing Fiction, the most widely used creative writing text in America, recently appeared in a 10th edition from the University of Chicago Press; and Imaginative Writing is in its 4th edition. Her plays, including Medea With Child, Sweepstakes, Morality Play (a musical), and Headshots, have received readings and productions in New York, London, San Francisco, Hollywood, and Chicago; and her memoir Losing Tim appeared in 2014. She is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at the Florida State University and was chosen for the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Writing Award by the Florida Humanities Council.