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Two Characters Walk into a Bar: A Point of View Workshop with Kelli Jo Ford


2 Sessions

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Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm EDT - 2:15 pm EDT May 1 to May 2, 2021

Online via Zoom

When we begin writing a new story, we are making choices from our very first sentence: What characters will we focus on? Whose voice will tell the story and how far removed from the action will the story be told? Often, those early choices come to us as gifts and don’t feel like conscious choices at all. Our best work can arise out of those moments. But for most of us, even the gifts are going to need reworking once we understand what we are trying to do.

In this workshop, we will use readings, exercises, and discussion to demystify the process, paying close attention to point of view as well as skills such as scene building. We’ll start with an introduction to point of view and how it functions in fiction. The second day, we will discuss some more advanced concepts. You’ll have an opportunity to write three scaffolded exercises, share your work with the class, and receive feedback from your peers. You should leave the course with a better understanding of point of view and how to use it.

Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
Capacity: 20

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.


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    Kelli Jo Ford

    Kelli Jo Ford

    Kelli Jo Ford’s debut novel-in-stories Crooked Hallelujah was longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. She is the recipient of the Paris Review’s 2019 Plimpton Prize, the Everett Southwest Literary Award, and a Native Arts & Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship. She teaches writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.