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Point of view and narrative voice: A masterclass with Cambridge University’s creative writing tutors

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Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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Establish and develop your story by finding your narrative voice and viewpoint with Professor Jem Poster and Dr Sarah Burton of the University of Cambridge creative writing programme.

When you have your story and your characters, how do you decide the point of entry for your reader? First person or third person? Reliable or unreliable narrator? One point of view or several? Whose voice do you want the reader to “hear”? All stories pivot on the question of which character knows what and – crucially – what your reader knows and when you let them know it.

This session engages with the narrative issues facing the fiction writer in relation to voice and viewpoint, exploring the advantages and limitations of various approaches. Working in a supportive and relaxed environment, you will participate in practical exercises and be able to receive feedback and ask any questions you may have during the sessions.

You will discover the importance of narrative voice and viewpoint to the establishment and development of your stories, and leave feeling more confident about cultivating your own voice and those of your characters.

This masterclass is suitable for all aspiring fiction writers, from beginners seeking guidance to more experienced writers wanting to sharpen and energise their practice. It is part of our four-workshop series with Professor Jem Poster and Dr Sarah Burton, who currently lead the master’s degree course in creative writing at the University of Cambridge. Read more about our other masterclasses in the series here.

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Jem Poster is the author of two novels – Courting Shadows and Rifling Paradise – as well as a collection of poetry, Brought to Light. He has won major prizes in the Cardiff International Poetry and the Peterloo Poets Open Poetry competitions. He is emeritus professor of creative writing at Aberystwyth University and has been chair of the editorial board of New Welsh Review. He is currently programme adviser to the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education’s MSt in creative writing and director of its international summer programme in creative writing.

Sarah Burton has been course director of the creative writing MSt at Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education since 2013. Her publications include two critically acclaimed biographies, Impostors: Six Kinds of Liar and A Double Life: A Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb, which was shortlisted for the Mind Book of the Year award; a children’s book, The Miracle in Bethlehem: A Storyteller’s Tale; a page-to-stage guide, How to Put on a Community Play, and the humorous Complete and Utter History of the World By Samuel Stewart, Aged 9.

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)


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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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