June 6-June 27
First Person Fiction
One of the most elusive elements of a good piece of fiction is a distinctive voice. It's also one of the most important--the more our protagonists are uniquely themselves, the more our readers can relate to them.
In this workshop we'll venture to write a draft of a short story or a chapter of a novel told in the first person. We'll look at classic examples from modern masters and examine how memorable characters reveal themselves on the page. Through in-class exercises, we'll discover our own narrator's tone, perspective, and particular worldview. We'll also discuss the constraints of the first person narrative and how these limitations help shape and define the arc of your story.
Participants will leave with a new understanding of the possibilities of voice-driven fiction.