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Creative Writing: Narrative Positioning & Description over Exposition

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Learn how to avoid unclear narrative focus, info dumps and telling rather than showing for a clear and sharp writing style.

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Narrative Positioning

Description over Exposition

Narrative positioning is the view of the narrator, generally first person or third person, but often writers do not consider the position their narrators take within the story leading to unfocused and confusing shifts of perception. Learn various different narrative positions when and where they should be deployed for the maximum effect.

Description over exposition, or show don't tell, this is a mantra for all writers and a pitfall for even experienced authors. By telling the reader what the story is rather than letting the reader become immersed in it we lose the emotional connection between reader and story. Learn where and when to apply description rather than exposition to keep your reader engaged.

Week 1: Introduction, Rules & PURPOSE

Week 2: What is a Novel & Genre

Week 3: Metrics, Motivation, Productivity, and Constraint

Week 4: Plot

Week 5: Character

Week 6: Defamiliarization & NLP

Week 7: Dialogue

Week 8: World Building

Week 9: Language Building

Week 10: Concept Mapping

Week 11: Narrative Positioning & Description over Exposition

Week 12: Suspense, Tension, Hooks & Cliffhangers, LOCK & SCAMPER


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Organiser Iain McKinnon

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Iain McKinnon is a graduate of the Edinburgh Napier Creative Writing Masters Degree. He currently has 5 novels in print with American publisher Permuted Press. Iain runs a number of workshops most notably a creative writers program in association with Dyslexia Scotland.

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