Posted June 2016

Point-of-View: As Easy as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

Point-of-view (POV) is all about perspective: who is telling the story and how? In Point-of-View: As Easy as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, we’ll discuss the basics of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person POV and explore the benefits, limits, and intricacies of each one through examples and exercises. We'll also look at the use of multiple POVs in one piece, when and how the use of multiple POVs is effective, and the challenges associated with this technique. Handouts and a list of resources will be provided.

Event Materials

Point-of-View: As Easy as 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Learn about the various types of point-of-view used in storytelling. The talk includes examples, plus the advantages and disadvantages of using each type of point-of-view. Practice on your own by pausing the video to complete the writing exercises. Run time: 1 hour, 9 minutes.

Webinar Notes: Point of View with Melissa Gardner

A summary of the various points-of-view

POV Webinar: Reading List

This reading list includes information on examples cited in the lecture, plus suggested readings.

About Lecturer

About Melissa Gardner

Melissa Gardner has been writing since she learned her ABCs. Her love of stories and storytelling was fostered by her grandmother who read to her daily. Melissa received her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Seattle Pacific University and is now working on two short story collections. She has taught at a variety of universities since 2005, and currently teaches literature and fiction writing classes online for Southern New Hampshire University. Originally from Pennsylvania, she now lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband, three cats, and Monty, her ball python.