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“Sometimes we find a story has stagnated or hit a wall,” says instructor Allison Landa. “That’s when it’s time to consider shifting a major element, such as point of view. In fact, shifting to first-person narration can be a particularly powerful method of breaking open a story.”
In this half-day class, we’ll use writing exercises, group discussions, and brief readings to unlock stuck places in work that you’ve already drafted. We'll specifically focus on point of view and the power of first-person to create intimacy and insight. In this safe and encouraging space, we’ll play with first-person narration and even explore giving voice to inanimate objects such as a dog or a wildfire.
Bring to class five pages, double-spaced, of an unfinished draft, story excerpt, or complete story that seems to be missing something. Together we’ll unlock the story by experimenting with first-person point of view.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allison Landa is a Berkeley-based writer of fiction and memoir whose work has been featured in The Guardian US, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, among other venues. She is the author of BEARDED LADY, a memoir forthcoming from Woodhall Press. Landa holds an MFA in creative writing from St. Mary’s College of California and runs the On the Cusp reading series in San Francisco. She is represented by Marisa Zeppieri of Strachan Literary.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, January 22, 10:00am-1:00pm