How to Use Point of View and Voice to Shape Compelling Stories

How to Use Point of View and Voice to Shape Compelling Stories

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Voice is one of the most important elements of hooking and maintaining readers’ attention through a novel, yet it often remains elusive and difficult to pin down. In this OnDemand Webinar, Jennifer Givhan investigates how to captivate readers through one crucial element of voice: point of view. Discovering whether our story demands first-person POV, close third, omniscient, or some combination of these often forces us to ask ourselves “Whose story is this, really?” which in turn leads to “What story is this, really?” Discover how POV can bolster your storytelling techniques and home in on the heart of your novels.

Jennifer Givhan, a Mexican-American writer and activist from the Southwestern desert, is the author of four full-length poetry collections, most recently Rosa’s Einstein (Camino Del Sol Poetry Series), two chapbooks, and the novels Trinity Sight and Jubilee (Blackstone Publishing). Her work has appeared in The Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, POETRY Magazine, The Rumpus, The New Republic, AGNI, TriQuarterly, The Nation, Crazyhorse, Witness, Southern Humanities Review, and Kenyon Review. She has received, among other honors, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellowship, and New Ohio Review’s Poetry Prize, chosen by Tyehimba Jess. Givhan holds a Master’s degree in English from California State University Fullerton and an MFA from Warren Wilson College, and she can be found discussing feminist motherhood at jennifergivhan.com as well as Facebook & Twitter @JennGivhan and Ig @thebrujapoeta.

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