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Narrative Distance

What makes a narrative feel emotionally distant? What makes it claustrophobic? How can you move fluidly between different characters’ perspectives? How can you zoom in and out of varying depths of a character’s consciousness? How does the approach to narrative distance change when writing in first or in third person? Writing is a skilled craft like any other, and learning the tools of your craft will give you greater dexterity and range in your work. This one-day craft intensive will focus on narrative distance: what it is and how to manipulate it effectively. This is a skills-based class, where you’ll learn the concepts and then immediately apply them in structured in-class writing prompts. You’ll leave class with a firm grasp of the concepts, new tools for editing and revision, and with some writing starts that may become the seeds for longer pieces.

About the Instructor:

Anna Silverstein was born in Boston and moved to Nashville four years ago. She has an MFA from Vanderbilt University, and was the 2015-16 Creative Writing Fellow at the Curb Center. Previous classes with the Porch include Writing as Resistance, Healing through Writing and creative writing workshops for immigrants and refugees. She is also a teaching artist for Southern Word and works on two Nashville organic farms. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Salt Hill, Afro-Hispanic Review, New Delta Review, Gravel, and Overtime.

Earlier Event: September 13
Mixed Levels Fiction