Put simply, point of view is the perspective through which a story is told. The point of view that a writer chooses is important because it’s the lens through which your reader experiences the story. Understanding close point of view is one of the most important skills a writer must develop, and yet it is one of the most difficult to master. In this workshop, we’ll take a deep dive into point of view, look at common point of view mistakes, and engage in some fun writing exercises that will help us practice getting firmly in our characters’ heads, so that we are not observing our characters, but rather seeing the world through their eyes.
Tara Gilboy is the author of two novels, Unwritten, which won the 2020 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for middle-grade fantasy, and its sequel, Rewritten. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and teaches for San Diego College of Continuing Education. You can find out more about her (and how to work with her on your novel!) on her website at http://taragilboy.com/.
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