Point of View Masterclass


Point of View Masterclass with Erin Wilcox

Master point of view and you’ll have mastered the art of fiction. Learn and practice in this in-depth workshop.


$140.00 (any noted materials fee included)


$183.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 8/17/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Sat, 8/17/2024

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Writers' Studio

Craft of Writing, Fiction, Nonfiction


No aspect of the craft of writing fuses with "story" as completely as point of view. Ideally, a story's perspective lends it focus and dimension. New writers often lose sight of this goal as they find themselves adrift in a sea of possibilities. Practiced storytellers use their knowledge about point of view to locate weak points in their drafts and strengthen their prose — or revisit aspects of character, setting, and theme that need work.

This workshop delves into the elements of point of view, with a close look at how to wield narrative distance for different effects. We'll look at draft samples and how they evolved on the way to publication. We'll talk about point of view slips as a craft problem and as a symptom of deeper story problems. We'll explore with in-class writing exercises  (sharing of in-class work is optional). The conversation will focus mostly on fiction and memoir, with some references to point of view in essay craft.


Skill level: All are welcome, but this deep-dive workshop targets intermediate and advanced writers.


Please bring your own writing materials.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Erin Wilcox

The work of Pushcart Prize nominee Erin Wilcox appears in numerous journals, magazines, radio broadcasts, and collections such as Cirque, Crack the Spine, Short and Twisted, and Praxis. She writes a wide range of fiction including mainstream, SF and fantasy for young readers, and horror for adults under the pen name Celeste Wakefield. The former nonfiction editor of Drunken Boat and copyeditor for Alaska Quarterly Review, she maintains a vigorous freelance practice. As an editor, she's worked with some of the finest talent of our day, including winners of the Hugo Award and Pulitzer Prize.

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