3 Online Sessions
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Friday - Sunday June 24 to June 26, 2022
Online via Zoom
6-8pm ET (6/24), 2-4pm ET (6/25 & 6/26)
In this course we will explore the different points of view (POV) in story-telling and why a writer would choose one over the other. We’ll examine the differences between first, second and third person, what an omniscient POV is and the pros and cons to using it. We’ll also deep dive into first person distant and first person close, and third person distant and third person close and learn the power each wields—and last but not least, the secret sauce to second person story-telling.
Understanding some of the strengths and weaknesses within each POV will expand your toolbox of literary techniques and offer greater freedom to take risks you didn’t think possible within your writing. Be prepared to write, rewrite, and experiment in this class.
Keisha Bush was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a business degree from Bentley University and an MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the New York Times, Literary Hub, the Rumpus, Electric Lit and Lion’s Roar magazine. She has received fellowships from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Moulin à Nef in France, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and VONA. Her debut novel, No Heaven For Good Boys, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice.
By Keisha Bush
No Heaven for Good Boys
By Keisha Bush
Published by Random House
Six-year-old Ibrahimah loves snatching pastries from his mother’s kitchen, harvesting string beans with his father, and searching for sea glass with his sisters. But when he is approached in his rural village one day by Marabout Ahmed, a seemingly kind stranger and highly regarded teacher, the tides of his life turn forever. Ibrahimah is sent to the capital city of Dakar to join his cousin Étienne in studying the Koran under Marabout Ahmed for a year, but instead of the days of learning that Ibrahimah’s parents imagine, the young boys, called Talibé, are forced to beg in the streets in order to line their teacher’s pockets.
To make it back home, Étienne and Ibrahimah must help each other survive both the dangers posed by their Marabout, and the darker sides of Dakar: threats of black-market organ traders, rival packs of Talibé, and mounting student protest on the streets.
Drawn from real incidents and transporting readers between rural and urban Senegal, No Heaven for Good Boys is a tale of hope, resilience, and the affirming power of love.
About this series
We strive to make our classes the most inviting and rewarding available, offering an intimate environment to study with award-winning, world-class writers. Each class is specially designed by the instructor, so whether you’re a fledgling writer or an MFA graduate polishing your novel, you’ll find a perfect fit here.
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