Who’s Telling Your Story? Experiments in Point of View (17110)

Monday, September 25, 1 to 4 p.m.

Location: P&P's Classroom (5039 Connecticut Avenue, Unit #7)

$50 (10% off for members)

Point of view is one of a writer’s first decisions: Who will tell the story? And how? Everyone knows about first person and third person. But maybe your story or novel could benefit from a more unconventional point of view: collective first person or second person. We’ll talk about the possibilities (and challenges) of several POVs and then dig in with some writing exercises, which can be new or based on your work-in-progress. This class is also suitable for nonfiction writers, and writers of all levels of experience.

Recommended Reading:
The Virgin Suicides, Jeffery Eugenides (only chapter 1 of this book will be referenced)
Bright Lights, Big City, Jay McInerney (only chapter 1 of this book will be referenced)
How to Become a Writer, Lorrie Moore (found the author's story collection titled, Self-Help)

Leslie Pietrzyk is the author of two novels, Pears on a Willow Tree and A Year and a Day. This Angel on My Chest, her collection of linked short stories, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best short story collections of 2015. Her short fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in many publications, including The Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Gettysburg Review, The Sun, Shenandoah, Washingtonian, and Cincinnati Review. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Pietrzyk is a member of the core fiction faculty at the Converse low-residency MFA program and teaches in the MA Program in Writing at Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information: www.lesliepietrzyk.com.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

The Virgin Suicides: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics #2) By Jeffrey Eugenides Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312428815
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Picador - April 27th, 2009

Bright Lights, Big City (Vintage Contemporaries) By Jay McInerney Cover Image
ISBN: 9780394726410
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - August 12th, 1984

Self-Help (Vintage Contemporaries) By Lorrie Moore Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307277299
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Vintage - March 13th, 2007