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04/10 Point-of-View: Who’s Telling This Story Anyway? with Luke Dani Blue

Date: First class is April 10, 2016 Time: 10am to 12:30pm Number of sessions: 5 -- Sundays April 10, 17, 24, May 1 & 8 Members: $195 Nonmembers: $234 Location: Inspirations Gallery, NTC at Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, Suite 204, San Diego, CA 92106

Point-of-view has been called the story or essay’s “camera lens.” If so, the narrator is our cameraman, shuffling around the edges of the frame, zooming in, panning out, applying filters of language and emotion that color the reader’s view. You can write well without having a clue what’s going on behind the camera—but knowing your cameraman makes it a heck of a lot easier.

In this five week class, we will read point-of-view masters like Zadie Smith, Annie Proulx, Lorrie Moore and Junot Diaz, to see how narration works in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person. Through structured exercises, lecture and discussion, we’ll cover the elements of narration and point-of-view as they apply to fiction and memoir. Students will leave class with a strong grasp of the basics and the answers to their burning questions, including when to use an omniscient narrator, how to stick to a given POV, when to break the rules and how not to get swallowed up by a 1st person narrator.

*Some prior familiarity with point-of-view is helpful but not necessary. We’ll start simple.

**Plan for ~30 minutes of at-home reading/writing per week.

luke daniLuke Dani Blue’s short stories have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Colorado Review, Fourteen Hills and Midnight Breakfast, among others. She was the winner of the 2015 Nelligan Short Fiction Prize and was a recent A Room of Her Own Foundation fellow. She taught creative writing at San Francisco State University before founding San Diego’s Wayward Writers, where she now leads fiction, memoir and poetry classes. In fall 2015, she will also be teaching for PEN Center USA. More about her at: lukedaniblue.com.

PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that a class does not get cancelled or rescheduled.