Seven Bridge Sessions
Look Who’s Talking: Exploring Point of View in Fiction
With Hollis Shore
Saturday, February 20, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Thayer Memorial Library, Dexter Thayer Room
What if Boo Radley had narrated To Kill A Mockingbird? Could Bilbo have told the epic story of The Lord of the Rings? How would Harry Potter’s story have changed had it been from the megalomaniacal mind of Lord Voldemort.
Who tells the story is the most important choice a writer makes, affecting character, language, plot, mood and atmosphere, theme and meaning, and, of course, the reader. A fictional narrator is a story’s lens, and the conscience and consistent application of that lens is one of the most complex craft skills for the writer to master.
In this class we will define fictional point of view, look at some masterful (and not so masterful) examples of point of view in fiction, and explore, through readings and exercises, the way fictional perspective works in our own short stories and novels.
Hollis Shore is a co-founder of the Seven Bridge Writers’ Collaborative, a workshop leader, and a writing mentor, and is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. She was the 2012-2014 Boston Public Library Children’s Writer in Residence, and a winner of the PEN New England Discovery Award for her novel, The Curve of the World, out for submission shortly. Contact her at Hollisplus@gmail.com.