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How Stories Get Told: Voice, Narrative Distance, & Psychic Distance

with Scott Driscoll

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction

Online

Intermediate

6 Sessions

Start Date: November 7, 2022
End Date: December 12, 2022
Day of Week: Monday
Time: 7:10pm - 9:10pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $274.50
General Price: $305.00

In this class, we will discuss how to recognize voice and manage shifts between author and character voices; manipulate narrative distance to make smooth transitions between drama and summary; and recognize levels of psychic distance in order to control how emotionally close we feel to the character. Readings will be from Olive Kitteridge (E. Strout) and Best American Stories 2021. Workshops included.

Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Scott Driscoll

Scott Driscoll

Scott Driscoll is an award-winning instructor (UW, Educational Outreach Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Arts and Humanities 2006), and his debut novel, Better You Go Home, was selected as the Foreword Reviews First Book Contest winner. He was the 1989 winner of the University of Washington’s Milliman Award for Fiction.

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