Writing Multi-Character Stories with Thea Constantine
Two Sunday Afternoons: May 19 & 26 Time: 1pm to 3:30pm Location: PDX Writers Studio, NE Portland, Hollywood District Cost: $110 Register for this workshop
From Dickens to Diaz, J.R.R. Tolkien, to George R.R. Martin—some of our best loved tales are told through multiple perspectives. Point of view in any story is one of the most important considerations. Almost any book on the craft of writing will discuss whether the use of first person or third person, past or present tense, close or distant, and these are all essential to the voice of your story. But what if you want to expand that point of view to include more detail and perspective?
In this two-day workshop we’ll explore strategies available to us as multi-character writers. We’ll take a look at books and authors who have used this method and the ways they made them work. We'll ask ourselves: what are the pros and cons of using this device? By the end of the workshop, you'll recognize how to create strong memorable characters whose voices are unmistakably their own, and how to separate chapters or sequences to keep the points of view clean and direct. I'll offer exercises to help you find your own unique voice amidst the voices of your cast and the advantages of seeing the same event through different perspectives. And yes, we’ll still be looking at 1st vs. 3rd person here too. Expect a homework assignment between the first and second class along with some helpful handouts.