Event—Adult Education

Perspective & Point of View


If you’re a writer looking to learn more about incorporating perspective, point of view, and narrative distance into your work, then this class is for you.

M. Klein's hands, writing. Source: CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Class Description

In this writing workshop, you’ll explore a range of options available to you focused on using perspective and point of view in your writing. We’ll read published stories by Anton Chekhov, Tobias Wolff, Carolyn Ferrell, Jennine Capo Crucet, and more.

We’ll engage in a variety of exercises in first, second, and third person point of view, explore the concept of “psychic” or “narrative” distance, and learn how to smoothly transition from one point of view to another without the dreaded horror of “head hopping.”

This class is ideal for writers who already have a basic familiarity with character, plot, and setting or landscape. In the final class, we will exchange short story drafts for peer feedback; you’ll also receive feedback from the instructor.

Anca L. Szilágyi is the author of Daughters of the Air, which Shelf Awareness called “a striking debut” and Dreams Under Glass, which Buzzfeed Books called “a novel for our modern times.” She has taught creative writing since 2010.

Materials List


  • Digital Course Packet

Cost and Registration

Six sessions, $268 ($241 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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