Spring 2019: The Possibilities of Narrative Point of View: May


Spring 2019: The Possibilities of Narrative Point of View: May


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May 5, 2019
Sunday, 10:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington
Instructor: Laura Lampton Scott
For writers at all levels
Limited to 10 students

When drafting, a fiction writer often first considers the story’s point of view. Does the POV serve the story, does it shift? Is it important to access the thoughts of the main character, or many of the characters? How close is the narrator to the character they are following? What point in narrative time is the narrator telling the story from: far in the future, the recent past? Point of view is much more than three choices. We’ll look at examples from literature and experiment, experiment, experiment, witnessing firsthand how a change in POV opens up a story’s possibilities.

Laura Lampton Scott’s work has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Tin House and the Guardian online, Electric Literature, Monkeybicycle, Okey-Panky, and No Tokens Journal. She has served as assistant and managing editor on books in the McSweeney’s Voice of Witness series, and she’s a MacDowell Colony fellow. Laura has taught fiction at the University of Montana, Literary Arts in Portland, and Hugo House in Seattle.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: Scholarships pay for the entire class tuition. All of our writing classes have at least one scholarship position available, made possible by a generous gift from Dennis Steinman. To apply, email Susan Moore, Director of Programs for Writers, at susan@literary-arts.org with your name, contact information. In addition, list three classes in order of preference, why you would like to request a scholarship, and if you have taken a Literary Arts class before. Please note that preference is not guaranteed. All scholarships are subject to availability. Scholarship availability is confirmed 1-2 weeks before the class begins.

CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in exchange for light duties before and after each class meeting. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org for more information.