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 lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband and two cats. When she isn’t writing, she works as a reference librarian at a local community college and teaches creative writing classes online. Her most recent work has appeared in the Strangelet Journal, Altarworks, Hypnopomp, and Page & Spine.