Master Point of View to Strengthen Your Storytelling

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Learn to effectively use point of view to immerse readers in your story

Having strong point of view in your manuscript is about more than whether to write in first person or third. Whatever your chosen voice, the key to an engaging, vivid story is to bring readers directly into it, rather than leaving them on the outside looking in.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 10 live class, instructor Tiffany Yates Martin will clarify the different types of point of view, and show how to strengthen character, deepen reader engagement, and bring a story to life by developing a strong, clear POV and perspective.

This workshop will cover:

  • The basic POVs, the limitations and benefits of each, and how to use them consistently and clearly to orient the reader in the story and characters—including first person, second person, and third person
  • The differences between third-person limited, third-person objective, and third-person omniscient
  • How to use POV to reveal what the characters are feeling and experiencing and create a vivid, visceral picture of the scene and the action
  • How to avoid sneaky POV creep and head hopping (with examples)
  • The secret to enhancing reader engagement: by letting readers inside characters’ inner lives, whether in a direct or objective POV, and creating an immersive and immediate experience
  • How POV can be harnessed to provide insight into other characters and their behavior, plus character dynamics.

You’ll learn how to write about your characters’ immediate visceral responses rather than leaping straight to their conclusions. In other words, you’ll let readers draw some of their own conclusions based on seeing the characters’ direct reactions, thoughts, and emotions, using deep POV immersion.

With a firm grasp on POV fundamentals, you’ll handle characterization and relationship dynamics with depth and nuance, based on characters’ background and upbringing, their ideology, their experiences, and more.

Who should take this class

  • Writers working on their first novel
  • More experienced fiction writers who want to deepen their characters and heighten reader engagement through more advanced use of POV

Who should not take this class

How do I know if this webinar is worth the cost?

This is an important question, and it’s a tough one to answer—especially since so much online education is available free of charge. Furthermore, every student is different, and a valuable webinar for one person can end up being a disappointment to another. For this reason, we offer full refunds if you register, attend the entire class, and fail to get the information you were looking for. Please email us directly to request a refund.

Do I have to attend the live class?

No. Everyone who registers will get access to the recording. However, if you’d like to attend live, keep reading.

How do I attend the live class?

This class uses Zoom webinar technology. You will join through your Internet-connected computer or mobile device. When you register, you will receive information via email on how to join the class. If you don’t receive it within 1 hour of registering, please contact us.

  • When: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  • Time: 1 p.m.–2:15 p.m. Eastern Time / 10 a.m. Pacific Time
  • Fee: $25

The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer or mobile device speakers. The visual presentation is displayed directly from the presenter’s computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions read and answered by the presenter for the entire class to hear.

Closed captions are provided for the live class. We use Rev’s closed caption service, powered by AI, which is about 80%+ accurate. Keep in mind there is a time delay; transcription speed varies based on how fast the Internet hamsters run that day.

Tiffany Yates Martin

About the instructor

Tiffany Yates Martin has spent nearly thirty years as an editor in the publishing industry, working with major publishers and NY Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling, award-winning authors as well as indie and newer writers, and is the author of the Amazon bestseller Intuitive Editing: A Creative and Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing. She’s led workshops and seminars for conferences and writers’ groups across the country and is a frequent contributor to writers’ sites and publications. Under the pen name Phoebe Fox, she’s the author of the Breakup Doctor series and her most recent release, A Little Bit of Grace (August 2020, Berkley). Learn more at her website.

You did an excellent job, as usual. Full of information and engaging! Thank you again! I’m reenergized for tackling my backstory issues with my WIP.

Lisa Malice

Events Coordinator, Sisters In Crime

Awesome job with the webinar. It was great—specific and to the point. And the examples worked really well. Made it super real and obvious how to do it subtly versus with the proverbial sledgehammer. 

Lainey Cameron 

Student & client

Hands-down best course I’ve taken. Thank you.”

Marian P.

Student

You’ll receive the following

  • Access to the 75-minute interactive class. After ~60 minutes, Tiffany will take questions using in-class chat/text. The class will end after roughly 75 minutes.
  • A recording of the class—audio and video. This is especially helpful if you have a conflict with the class time or something comes up and you can’t make the session. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 30 days. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation.
  • Presentation slides. All participants receive a copy of the slide presentation in PDF form.
  • Rough transcript. We use Otter to create an automated transcript of the entire webinar, which we’ll share with you in addition to the audio and video recording.
  • Supplementary handouts. You’ll receive an outline of the principles in the presentation, as well as the examples, plus sample POV snippets to practice identifying POV and using it consistently and clearly.

Event Attendance & Anti-Harassment Policy

We strive to provide an environment where all present—whether attendee, presenter, or staff—can feel supported. In order to ensure a welcoming event, here is what we expect from all who participate.

  • That the presenter and the presenter’s work be treated with respect by attendees and that all attendees treat each other with respect and a generosity of spirit.
  • That attendees will refrain from harassment of any sort including (but not limited to) comments or questions of a racist, homophobic, sexist/sexual, or threatening nature. This includes actions that disrupt or interfere with anyone’s ability to participate. Offenders will be disconnected from the live event.

System Requirements to Join the Webinar

We will be using Zoom webinar technology.

You’ll need:

  • An internet connection: broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers: built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth

Recommended bandwidth:

  • 600kbps (down) for high-quality video and 1.2 Mbps (down) for HD video
  • If you connect through audio only: 60-80kbps (down)

Supported operating systems:

Supported tablet and mobile devices:

  • Surface PRO 2 running Win 8.1
  • iOS and Android devices
  • Blackberry devices

Supported browsers:

  • Windows: IE 11+,  Edge 12+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+
  • Mac: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+
  • Linux: Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+

For a detailed listing of system requirements, check Zoom’s site.