Writing a fiction novel using multiple points of view can be a complex but rewarding experience. Explore ways to portray different points of view, really get to know your characters and create distinct and compelling voices. Part of Spread the Word's Developing Tutors series
This workshop is fully booked. If you’d like to be added to the waiting list please email [email protected] and we’ll be in touch if space becomes available.
In this workshop we will look at the reasons why we write in different perspectives and the challenges and advantages of doing so. Using extracts from novels, we will review different methods of switching points of view, from classic to contemporary techniques, and understand the importance of voice.
What will you do in the workshop?
We’ll start off by reflecting on our motivation to write different perspectives. Participants should bring two paragraphs they have written from their novel; each one should be from a different point of view. We’ll then spend some time thinking critically about your characters and their voices and discuss effective ways of writing multiple points of view.
What can you expect?
You’ll enter the minds of your characters with role play exercises involving dialogue and scene setting. Through short writing tasks we will look at what makes the perspectives in your book unique. Using novels such as The 392, Gone Girl and All The Light We Cannot See, which span different genres and employ multiple points of views, we will look at structure, style and narration techniques. A handout with key points and a reading list will be circulated after the session.
Who is this workshop for?
Anyone who is writing or interested in writing a multi-perspective fiction novel in any genre and wants to reflect on the process and think about ways to define their characters and ensure each perspective is unique.
What is Developing Tutors?
Developing Tutors is a series of free workshops delivered by London Writers Awards writers who are talented writers looking to grow their workshop delivery experience. We ask that you only book for one workshop in this season. The other two are: Writing the Trans Body with Liam Konemann; and Re-Forming the Short Story with Isha Karki.
A note about this being free
This workshop has a limited capacity and is free to you. We ask that you only book a space if you are committed to attending. By doing this, you are supporting Spread the Word to continue to offer free workshops.
This workshop is auto-captioned.
If you require BSL interpretation to take part, please email us at [email protected] by 16 December 2021 and we’ll try to secure BSL interpretation for you. Spread the Word will cover this cost.
All our online events have a relaxed format; you are welcome to take breaks at any point and turn your camera off. All our online sessions have breaks.
We’ll send through any reading seven days in advance. We can create adapted handouts to writers attending our workshops and events by request.
Our online workshops and events take place on Zoom. As standard, we will send the weblinks to participants a week in advance. If you require the dial in phone number, email us [email protected] and we can send it through to you. Please take a look at Zoom’s accessibility info: https://zoom.us/accessibility/faq#faq1
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Loretta Ramkissoon is a writer and linguist from London. She completed a BA in Modern Languages from UCL and an MA in Translation Studies from Durham University. She is currently working on her first novel, which explores mixed-faith and mixed-heritage upbringings. Loretta was longlisted for Penguin Random House’s WriteNow 2018, is a London Writers Awardee 2019, and her piece ‘Which Floor?’ was published in Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers. She speaks five languages, enjoys sunsets and karaoke, and would very much like a pet cat.