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Point of View: A Practical Guide - SOLD OUT!

Point of View: A Practical Guide - SOLD OUT!

This course is now sold out. Please email us your name and phone number and we will add you to the waiting list.

Who: Anthony Macris

When: Saturday 2 December, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level:
Emerging/Established

Point of view is one of the most important techniques in fiction writing, and one of the most neglected. Get it right from the start, and you’ll be able to construct narratives where voice, character and story work seamlessly together. Get it wrong though, and you might find yourself having to completely rewrite or, even worse, throw away large amounts of material.

This one-day workshop for intermediate level writers will help you understand the full potential of first- and third-person points of view, and how to avoid common pitfalls in their use. Participants will learn how to use first-person in ways that develop voice and perspective, and that allow a broad range of characters to share centre stage. The two most commonly used (and misused) modes of third-person narration – omniscient and subjective – will be looked at, as well as the tricky art of having multiple third-person narrators in a single story.

This workshop aims at demystifying point of view technique and helping you get on with giving readers what they want: well-structured stories with vibrant characters and clearly articulated voices.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to use first-person narration in voice and story modes
  • Understanding of differing types of third-person narration
  • Understanding of the relationship between point of view, character and story structure.

Participant Requirements
Pen and paper

About the tutor
With over 20 years’ teaching experience, Dr Anthony Macris is one of Australia’s leading teachers of creative writing. He has taught creative writing at Johns Hopkins University (USA), and as a faculty member at two of Australia’s best creative writing programs, the University of Wollongong, and currently the University of Technology, Sydney, where he is Associate Professor of Writing. His memoir When Horse Became Saw: A Family’s Journey Through Autism (Penguin 2011), was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His latest book is Inexperience & Other Stories.

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