November 3, 2015 – December 4, 2015
If you’ve received a rejection letter or your entries have scored low in a writing contest or reviewers are not taken with your published books there is a strong likelihood that the culprit is a shallow point of view.
In this workshop we will look beyond the basics of viewpoint and examine why it is such an important tool and how to use the deeper nuances of viewpoint to add emotion, texture, motivation, conflict, and drama to a manuscript.
At the end of this workshop you will know what deep point of view is, why it is important to editors and readers. You will be able to spot shallow point of view in your own manuscript and will have the knowledge and skills necessary to deepen the point of view in your own work. This knowledge and skill will inoculate you against one of the most common reasons editors reject manuscripts and readers abandon authors.
Topics covered will include:
- What readers want from fiction and how deep point of view gives it to them
- How to recognize passages that are in shallow viewpoint and how to revise them so that they will be deeper, and more meaningful
- How to decide whose point of view to use for key scenes
- How to make the most of the viewpoint you choose
- How to use deep point of view to show the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of a character who is not the viewpoint character
- How to use deep point of view to make your readers empathize with your character even if he or she has done a bad, bad thing
Please note that workshop tuition is considered non-refundable. That said, I do make every effort to work with people–moving them to later classes–issuing credits–etc. when life intervenes and they are not able to participate as planned.