NWMG Interactive Workshop
Point-of-View: What Is it, How Do You Do It, and What are the Best Practices?
Whether you are writing a short story or a novel, you have characters. And your characters have experiences, thoughts and feelings that you want to share with your readers. What are the best craft practices to do this?
In this interactive workshop presented by local author Michael Tucker (Aquarius Falling, Capricorn's Collapse) and writer Cheryl Rieger, you will learn:
* What is point-of-view (POV) and how do you choose your POV character?
* Is there a limit to the POV characters that professionals recommend for your length of fiction?
* If you have multiple POV characters, what are the professional expectations that govern their usage?
* What are the rules for showing and telling once you have your POV character?
* How do you share your POV character's experiences-- whether sensed, thought or felt-- in ways that keep your reader engaged in your story?
* When and why should you avoid internal dialog, and what are the art and mechanics of doing so?
The session will include examples, worksheets, lots of group discussion and a handout.
And, if you wish, you may bring copies of one-page (only) from your story for the group to read and help you strengthen. Please bring enough copies for everyone (check the RSVP list for the count).
NOTE: The Library opens at 2:00 on Sunday, so we will begin our discussion promptly at 2:15. The session will be over at 4:30 but you may stay on for conversation with fellow writers until 5:00.