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"Whose Story Is it? Playing with Point of View" with Stephanie Noll

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Location
St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

4/11/2015 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Note: Online registration is now closed for this event. If you wish to attend, there are still a few seats available for purchase at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early and pay with a check (made out to Writers' League of Texas).


 

$49 for members (please log in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers


Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, April 9. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check or money order for the walk-up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!


Often writers will have an idea for a story, its plots, and its characters, but before their fingers hit the keyboard or their pen races across the page, they should determine how to best tell the story.

Choosing a point of view shapes how you—and your reader—experience any narrative. Imagine how different The Great Gatsby would be if told as a 1st person account by Gatsby. Or what if Gone Girl had been told through a 3rd person omniscient point of view?

In this class, we will read and discuss excerpts of published works that utilize all the points of view available to writers—even 2nd person! We will consider how point of view impacts the narrative experience of these pieces, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various points of view, and complete writing exercises that will give us the opportunity to “try on” all different perspectives as we determine which one is the best fit for our work.


About the instructor:

Stephanie Noll studied fiction writing at Texas State University, where she earned her MFA. Last fall, she published a young adult novel titled Breach, a book that she co-authored with four other writers. She is a frequent storyteller at The Story Department, a monthly fundraiser for the non-profit Austin Bat Cave. Stephanie has 17 years of teaching experience and has worked as a senior lecturer in the English department at Texas State for the past 8 years. She also leads a memoir writing workshop for female inmates at the Travis County Jail. Stephanie is at work on her first novel.

 

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For policies, please visit our Classes page.



This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.




Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to www.arts.texas.gov.



The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit www.stedwards.edu.