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We’ll look at how character and point of view work together to shape conflict and emotional tension within works of fiction. After reviewing examples from literature, we’ll generate new writing in third- and first-person, and discuss how each technique shapes how we know our characters.
Tom Perrotta is the author of nine works of fiction, including Election and Little Children, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films, and The Leftovers, which was adapted into a critically acclaimed, Peabody Award-winning HBO series. His other books include Bad Haircut, The Wishbones, Joe College, The Abstinence Teacher, Nine Inches, and his newest, Mrs. Fletcher. His work has been translated into a multitude of languages. Perrotta grew up in New Jersey and lives outside of Boston.