Point of View: A Practical Guide

Anthony Macris

Saturday 26 March, 2022, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

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Participants in face to face courses must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must comply with any other precautionary measures Writing NSW puts in place.

Point of view is one of the most important techniques in fiction writing, and one of the most neglected. Get it right from the start, and you’ll be able to construct narratives where voice, character and story work seamlessly together. Get it wrong though, and you might find yourself having to completely rewrite or, even worse, throw away large amounts of material.

This one-day workshop with Anthony Macris will help you understand the full potential of first and third person points of view, and how to avoid common pitfalls in their use. Participants will learn how to use first person in ways that develop voice and perspective, and that allow a broad range of characters to share centre stage. The two most commonly used (and misused) modes of third person narration – omniscient and subjective – will be looked at, as well as the tricky art of having multiple third person narrators in a single story.

This workshop aims at demystifying point of view technique and helping you get on with giving readers what they want: well-structured stories with vibrant characters and clearly articulated voices.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

Expected Learning Outcomes

  1. Ability to use first person narration in voice and story modes
  2. Understanding of differing types of third person narration
  3. Understanding of the relationship between point of view, character and story structure

Participant Requirements

Pen and paper or laptop. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

If you are feeling unwell and experiencing any COVID-related symptoms on the day of the course, you must stay at home and contact us to let us know. As a participant in this course, you will be required to follow all COVID safety measures in place by Writing NSW to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.

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