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Playing with Point of View with Erin Swan


4 Sessions

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Once a week Wednesdays, 5:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT June 7 to June 28, 2023

Online via Zoom

A narrator is the eye through which we see the world of a story, the lens through which we come to understand the characters. A shift in narrator will shift our perception of the story itself. So how do we choose this lens? And what exciting possibilities can we open up when we play with point of view? In this workshop, we will use close reading exercises, writing prompts, and our own work to explore the ways in which playing with point of view can alter our readers’ perceptions and create new meaning on the page.

Course Outline
  • Week 1: The “I” as the “Eye”: Why choose first person?
  • Week 2: The One or the Many? Close-third vs. third-person omniscient
  • Week 3: All About You: When second person can work (and when it might not)
  • Week 4: A Chorus of Voices: The collective “we”

Capacity: 12


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    Erin Swan

    Erin Swan

    Erin Swan is the author of the speculative novel Walk the Vanished Earth (Viking 2022), a family saga spanning two hundred years, two planets, and seven generations. Her stories and essays have appeared in journals such as Portland Review, the South Carolina Review, and Inkwell Journal. A graduate of Teachers College at Columbia University and the MFA program at The New School, she lives in Brooklyn and teaches English at a public high school in lower Manhattan.