Point of View
Maximize drama, suspense, and connection with characters by choosing the right narrative perspective.
Point of View Affects Three Foundational Aspects of Your Story:
- What scenes do you include
- How your readers connect with your characters
- How you build suspense
A weak narrative perspective can make your plot and characters lifeless. It often results in a disengaged reader, and it makes writing your story much harder because you don’t have a consistent vision that guides your decisions.
On the other hand, a solid understanding of your story’s point of view makes plot and character development much easier and results in an engaged reader who can’t put the book down.
This workshop addresses:
This course includes
This workshop includes a class outline to follow along with the video lessons and a A workbook that will help design the best point of view for your story and analyze how it is handles in works you love.
What People Are Saying
“Thank you Barbara! I have struggled with understanding POV and therefore I have watched many videos (including Masterclass “celebrity” writers) and read many articles about it. This is the first time that I feel like I actually understand the differences in POVs. You did a particularly nice job of explaining the differences between Third Person Omniscient and Limited (and the variables within) as well as the best ways to use them. Your examples were especially helpful. Your enthusiasm for the craft is infectious and your presentation is as if a really good friend who really wants you to be a great writer is explaining. I will probably watch this series again and look forward to watching all of your videos 🙂 “
“I enjoyed this course and helpful breakdown on point of view. It was valuable to learn about the limited third person point of view and how to adapt it to 2 characters with scenes.”
“Excellent course and very helpful with establishing a clear direction in your writing. Highly recommend watching the Character dev, plot, and dialogue courses first but not all required just super helpful for context.”
“A really good overview of points of view. I really appreciate how she outlines the advantages v. disadvantages of each point of view, helping the writer figure out what point of view they would like to use in their project.”
“I enjoyed the class as it taught me a few things I had not considered before. the multiple person perspectives were very informative and very useful.”
“great content, super helpful. Also great for new writers.”
“As always, I learned a lot from this course.”
“Another great lesson from Barbara!”
Barbara Vance, PhD
I am a writer and instructor who has been blessed to help thousands of writers bring their stories to life.
My degrees include a B.A. in literature, an MA in Literature and Creative Writing, and a PhD in storytelling and media. Prior to launching my own company, I taught writing and storytelling at a tier-one university.
Over the past sixteen years I have developed a widely acclaimed collection of courses designed to help writers develop their stories, stay on track, and finish what they start . . . even while juggling busy careers and a family.
I am also the author of a multi-award-winning poetry collection, and my poems are licensed for use in anthologies and curricula around the world.