This course is ideal for: Anyone who wants to improve the way they write their ‘point of view’ characters or strengthen their narration.
Master this foundational technique of fiction writing
Understand the basics of ‘point of view’
Develop a narrative style which suits your ‘point of view’ character
Use direct and indirect discourse to deepen your characterisation
Use ‘point of view’ to control and improve your narration
All the books and classes talk about ‘point of view’, but you’re still confused? Or maybe your feedback from readers mentions point of view as an issue?
Point of view is one of those skills which can just snap into place with the right understanding – but without it, you may be floundering.
It’s also a skill which can be deepened and honed – so even if you think you have a basic understanding, you will still be able to ramp up the impact of your writing through a more sophisticated use of point of view.
Even very successful writers work hard on this aspect of their writing, and this course gives you their techniques and shortcuts to developing an effective narrative voice.
This course will help you develop your skills in characterisation and narration, using point of view as a tool which helps you to both dramatise your story and engage your readers.
Point of view is an essential skill in fiction writing. In fact, editors and publishers often say they will reject stories where authors clearly do not understand point of view. Or where they have used it inconsistently.
Why? Because stories are told through characters. We believe in those characters – especially the point of view characters – by how much the narration fits them and their view of the world. An authentic character voice draws the reader deep into the story and makes it come alive in a unique way.
This ability to see through a character’s eyes and narrate the story through their experience is what sets books apart from film and television. It’s one of the main reasons readers seek out novels and memoirs – to experience what it’s like to be another human being.
But writing from a character’s point of view isn’t always easy, and there are many pitfalls along the way.
This course will develop your skills in narrative so that your ‘voice’ is authentic and engaging.
If you complete all the activities the course offers, by the end you will have acquired greater understanding of how point of view works in creating effective fiction, and have developed a number of skills.
In particular, you will have:
This is one of AWC’s 20+ “self-paced” online courses. But what does that mean? Allow us to explain:
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