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Point of view is one of the most complex elements of writing fiction, and third-person POV can be especially nuanced in tone, language, and narrative distance. We’ll study the qualities that comprise so-called “close third-person” POV—POV that has full access to the main character’s thoughts, feelings, and perspective, sometimes to a greater degree than the character him/herself. We’ll read a number of short stories to aid understanding generate new work with several exercises to hone narrative skills.
Raymond Fleischmann’s short stories have previously appeared in Iowa Review, Cimarron Review, The Pinch, Los Angeles Review, and River Styx, among others. He’s been a Made at Hugo House fellow and earned his MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University.