Narrative first person. Expansive first person. Narrative third person. Third person omniscient. Third person limited. What’s a writer to do with so many points of view?
While story is what you tell, point of view is how you tell it. If you are having trouble determining the right point of view for your story or the merits of one point of view over another, than you need to join Julie Brickman at this year’s OC Christian Writers Conference. Julie will be teaching a class on point of view that new and experienced writers alike will find beneficial.
Julie Brickman is author of the novel What Birds Can Only Whisper published by Turnstone Press in 1997. She teaches fiction on the faculty of the brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky and reviews books for the Sunday Books supplement of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Fireweed, The Louisville Review, International Journal of Women’s Studies, Kinesis, Canadian Psychology and the anthology High Horse. Her second novel, An Empty Quarter, is the tale of one woman’s journey into the heart of Arabia; her story “An Empty Quarter” received a nomination for a Pushcart prize. For three months, Julie was writer-in-residence at the Berton House in the gold rush town of Dawson City; her third novel is set in the Canadian Yukon. Julie holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Manitoba. She has been a guest editor in fiction and creative nonfiction for The Louisville Review and reviews books for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Together with her mother, Molly, Julie runs a writers group for residents of a senior care facility. She lives in Laguna Beach, California with her husband, writer and psychologist, Bob Hoyk.
In addition to taking the session on point of view, attendees can have the opportunity to have a one to one consultation with Julie. Point of view, character, structure, style, voice, theme, empathy, significance: you name the craft issue or bring a paragraph or page of your writing and Julie Brickman will talk about it with you. Also bring any questions you might have about what you might get from an MFA program in writing, since she’s taught fiction at the Spalding University brief-res one for the last decade. Remember, though, that in order to benefit from this opportunity, you must be a registered attendee of the conference, so don’t wait, sign up now.
To register for the OC Christian Writers Conference held May 18-20 in Newport Beach, go to www.occwf.com.
To learn more about Julie Brickman, go to www.juliebrickman.com.