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Past? Present? POV?: Exploring Tenses and Perspective

Intermediate | This fiction workshop will focus on the choices writers make about perspective and verb tenses, and on the possibilities these choices open in our work. We’ll use writing activities and close readings of writers like Alexander Chee, Sally Rooney, and Virginia Woolf to observe how narrative techniques shape storytelling, and we’ll discuss your work in a supportive, generative workshop setting. You’ll leave with a revised/expanded piece and an increased understanding of how craft choices interact with character and plot.

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Instructor: Liza Birnbaum

Class Type: 8 Sessions


Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 01/06/2022

End Date: 02/24/2022

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Liza Birnbaum

Liza Birnbaum's fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, jubilat, Open Letters Monthly, and other publications. She is a founding editor of Big Big Wednesday, an annual print journal of literature and visual art, and has taught creative writing in a number of settings, most recently at an alternative school for young women who are pregnant or parenting. In 2019, she will be a funded resident at the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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