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OCT 15, 2022 TPS–Draw Your Readers In – Understanding (and Controlling) Psychic Distance in Your Writing, presented by Valerie Wilkinson
October 15, 2022 @ 9:15 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Most writers think of point of view (POV) in terms of 1st, 2nd, and all the variations of 3rd, but POV is much more powerful and complex than this. Another critical element of POV is how close the reader feels to the characters and the action of the story. This workshop will investigate psychic, or narrative, distance by explaining the mechanics and uses of this element of craft, reading and discussing examples, spending time on short, illustrative writing exercises, and taking time to review and answer questions about this unique and powerful tool.
A writer of both fiction and creative nonfiction, Valerie Wilkinson holds an MFA from Old Donation University. Her short fiction has appeared in Water~Stone Review and Yemassee Journal, where she placed in a national short fiction contest. She co-authored Whispers from Our Soul, a book of creative nonfiction, served as a quarterly essay contributor to Moondance Magazine, and is currently working on a novel. Valerie has taught multiple craft seminars and fiction classes. She is a founding member of HRW and serves on the HRW board.