Mastering Perspective, with Anna Hogeland

Point of view, or perspective, is a crucial element of storytelling, impacting how readers experience and interpret every story.  A narrative without a solid grasp of perspective can feel slippery, causing the reader to distrust the writer’s authority, while a writer confident in perspective holds the reader in the palm of their hand. But mastering point of view is one of the most challenging–and most crucial–tasks that a writer will face, in both fiction and nonfiction. When we are writing with a focus on perspective, we’re incorporating all our knowledge about our characters, as well as considering pacing, distance, access, when and how to withhold and reveal information… In this 3-hour class, we will discuss the key ingredients to mastering point of view, looking at examples from authors who use this craft element particularly well. Then we’ll play with some writing exercises inspired by our discussion, to help stretch and strengthen participants’ use of perspective in their own work. All levels welcome! Online. 

Saturday, January 6th , 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($75)

Anna Hogeland is the author of The Long Answer (Riverhead Books). She’s a psychotherapist in private practice, with an MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and an MFA from UC Irvine. Her essays have appeared in Literary HubBig Issue, iNews, Gloss MagazineRomper, and elsewhere. The Long Answer is her first novel and has been translated into seven languages. She lives in western Massachusetts.