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Investigating Point of View
Berkeley, CA
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Investigating Point of View
The first decision a writer makes is who will tell the story. Beyond showing the strengths and limitations of first, second, and third person perspectives, this class will ask you to examine your character's vantage point within the world of your novel. Some of literature's most powerful and successful narrators have been on the threshold of adulthood. We'll study what gives these voices such a unique perspective.

Using examples from John Green's sexy and intelligent first novel, Looking for Alaska, and Anne Brashares' addictive and wildly popular Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, this class will examine strategies for creating a compelling read. Green builds a coming-of-age classic out of the first person perspective of a vulnerable male, while Brashares uses the ambitious approach of telling her third person narrative from four different teen girls' perspectives. After an intense and fun three-and-a-half hours of exercises, lecture, and close-readings, you'll have the tools you need to make the most of point of view in your own novel.

About Kristen Tracy and Nina LaCour:
Once, we were teenagers. Now, we're both published writers and committed teachers who've decided to share what we know about writing and publishing young adult novels. Over a series of ten lectures we will study how to craft a marketable teen novel and offer practical advice on how to present your finished work to agents and editors who are actively acquiring manuscripts.  Take one class, take all, take those that offer you the insights you need. In addition to sharing our own strategies for writing and revision, we will study critically and  commercially successful teen novels and discuss the structural, artistic, and thematic elements that allow these works to resonate with such a wide audience. Between us, we have sold eleven novels to Simon & Schuster, Random House, Disney-Hyperion, and Penguin. We also have over twenty years of combined teaching experience. Wherever you are in your writing life, we look forward to meeting you and guiding you toward your finished story.


1790 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States


Arts > Literary
Education > Classes

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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