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Point of View: Compelling Narrative Voices

Barbara Vance, Author, Illustrator

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13 Lessons (1h 19m)
    • 1. Introduction POV

    • 2. Identifying the Critical Listener

    • 3. Ways Narrators Share Information

    • 4. First Person

    • 5. First Person Practical Tips

    • 6. Third Person Limited

    • 7. Third Person Limited Example

    • 8. Third Person Omniscient

    • 9. Objective vs Subjective Narration

    • 10. Multiple Person Perspectives

    • 11. Second Person

    • 12. Free Indirect Style

    • 13. Final Advice


About This Class

Choosing point of view is one of the most important decisions you will make when designing your novel, short story, or film. This class teaches you the differences between each of the points of view, addressing both their strengths and weaknesses, and alerting you to potential challenges.

We discuss:

  • Identifying your audience: Who is the narrator talking to? Why do you need to know?
  • Unreliable and reliable narrators
  • Different ways narrators share information: what to reveal, what to conceal?
  • First-Person Perspective
  • Third-Person Limited Perspective: Following one character
  • Third-Person Omniscient: Don't get overwhelmed by the all-seeing eye
  • Multiple-Person Perspective: How it is different than omniscient 
  • Objective vs. Subjective Narration: How much personality do you want your narrator to have?
  • Second Person
  • How your narration looks on the page
  • Making your own point-of-view "rules"

My goal is for you to have a solid understanding on how point of view functions in a story as opposed to just giving you rules. This allows you to make decisions for yourself.

I have included a print-out of the 'What Maisy Knew' excerpt discussed as it is rather lengthy.

Thank you for watching; happy writing!

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Barbara Vance

Author, Illustrator


Barbara Vance is an author, illustrator and educator. She has a PhD in Narrative and Media, has taught storytelling and media production at several universities, and has spoken internationally on the power of storytelling and poetry. Barbara’s YouTube channel focuses on illustration and creative writing.

Her poetry collection, Suzie Bitner Was Afraid of the Drain, which she wrote and illustrated, is a Moonbeam Children’s Book winner, an Indie Book Award winner...

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