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

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jun 24—Aug 30
Drop Deadline: Jun 27
Units: 3
Tuition: $895
Instructor(s): Lauren Kate
Limit: 17
Status: Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is June 27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is July 2 at 5:00 pm (PT).
Summer
Date(s)
Jun 24—Aug 30
10 weeks
Drop By
Jun 27
3 Units
Fees
$895
Instructor(s):
Lauren Kate
Limit
17
Closed
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is June 27 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is July 2 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 James Moffett’s anthology Points of View to see a breadth of possibilities. For the first three weeks of the course, students will complete 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, each student 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.

This is the fourth course of the four-quarter sequence, “The Craft of Creative Writing: The Telling Tools.” The four courses focus on Description (Fall 2018), Character (Winter 2019), Scene (Spring 2019), and Point of View (Summer 2019). These courses are less workshop-oriented than most of our Creative Writing courses, instead devoting each quarter to an intensive and wide-ranging practicum in a key question of craft. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

Lauren Kate, Author

Lauren Kate is the author of ten novels, including the Fallen series, the Teardrop series, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove, and the forthcoming The Orphan’s Song. 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. Kate received an MA in creative writing from UC Davis and is a former acquiring editor at HarperCollins.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) ed James Moffet and Kenneth R McElheny, Points of View: An Anthology of Short Stories, 'Revised Edition' (ISBN 9780451628725)
(Required) F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (ISBN 9781847496140)
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