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EGL 25 W — Who’s Telling Your Story: A Study in Point of View

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 14—Mar 22
Drop Deadline: Jan 17
Units: 3
Tuition: $895
Instructor(s): Lauren Kate
Limit: 17
Status: Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is January 17 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is January 22 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Winter
Date(s)
Jan 14—Mar 22
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 17
3 Units
Fees
$895
Instructor(s):
Lauren Kate
Limit
17
Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is January 17 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is January 22 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Most elements of fiction develop over the course of the story: character, plot, setting, and conflict all take time to cultivate. Point of view (POV) is unique; it must be settled up from the opening sentence. So how does a writer choose a point of view, and how does this choice shape a story? (Imagine if the Great Gatsby told his own tale!) This course will examine the gifts of first-, second-, and third-person points of view; the spectrum between omniscient and limited narrators; and the closeness or distance with which a chosen point of view can tell a story. We will read To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf to examine its complicated roving POV, and a selection from the anthology Points of View to see a breadth of possibilities. For the first three weeks of the course, students will participate in writing exercises, approximately 750 words per week. In the fourth week, when workshops begin, students may present either new material or material that developed out of the previous weeks’ exercises. By the end of the course, you will have a short story or a portion of a novel (up to 5,000 words) drafted, along with a clear plan for revision.

This course is open to writers of all levels who are working on either short or longer fiction.

Lauren Kate, Author

Lauren Kate is the author of nine novels, including the Fallen series, the Teardrop series, and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. Her books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over thirty languages. The feature film of Fallen was released by Sony Pictures in 2017. She received an MA in creative writing from UC Davis and is a former acquiring editor at HarperCollins.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (ISBN 978-0156907392)
(Required) ed. James Moffett, Points of View, Revised Edition (ISBN 978-0451628725)
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