Workshop title: DISTINGUISHING VOICE FROM GAZE IN YOUR SHORT STORY: THE AUTHOR-NARRATOR TWO-STEP
This is a workshop on the importance and consequences of point-of-view (POV) choices. What’s the story you want to tell? Which of your characters is best suited to tell it? The events in the story will be viewed through the eyes of the POV character, and additionally, will be judged by the voice of the author. How much distance do you want to maintain between you as author and you as the imaginary POV character? How do you distinguish your POV character’s ‘take’ on the story’s events from your authorial perspective on them? Participants are encouraged to bring “flash fiction” (i.e. a 2-4-page double-spaced story) or an excerpt of a longer story that they have written for workshop discussion.