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

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$109
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1/17/2019


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

1/19/2019 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM



 

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

This class can also be purchased as part of the Fiction Essentials Class Package.

 

Are you not sure which character should be telling the story in your novel or short story?  

Do you want to explore options for tone, style, and structure that are possible with different points of view?

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 that 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” different perspectives as we determine which one is the best fit for our work.

 

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • You feel that your novel or story's narrator isn't getting the job done.
  • You sense that there are other ways that your novel or story could be told.

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS CLASS

  • "Examples and discussion of the examples brought the lesson home."
  • "The writing prompts were excellent."
  • "Stephanie is such a nurturing, candid instructor."

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Stephanie Noll studied fiction writing at Texas State University, where she earned her MFA. She is a frequent storyteller at The Story Department, a monthly fundraiser for the non-profit Austin Bat Cave, and has also told stories at Listen to Your Mother, Backyard Story Night, Hyde Park Story Night, and the Tellers. Stephanie has 18 years of teaching experience and works as a senior lecturer in the English department at Texas State where she recently was awarded an Excellence in Teaching award. She has written a novel about a standardized test cheating scandal at an inner-city Houston high school.

 

LOCATION

St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704. You can find a St. Edward's University campus map here.

 

REGISTRATION

$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

 

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

Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, January 17. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. 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.

 

HOW WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

 


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.


 

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.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.