Point of View: The Key To Unique Storytelling A Writing Workshop With Julia Fierro at the Iowa Writers’ House

Sunday October 15th
Location: 332 East Davenport Street, Iowa City
Cost: $65 (Open to the first 14 registrants)

Register at www.iowawritershouse.org

Join bestselling author and writing teacher Julia Fierro in a special workshop event in partnership with the Iowa Writers’ House. Fierro is the Director of the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop in Brooklyn and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She returns to Iowa City to read from her new novel, The Gypsy Moth Summer, and will offer this one-time craft workshop, open to the first 14 registrants.

Workshop Description: Our writing instructors tell us again and again to “get closer” to our characters. We nod in agreement, all the while asking ourselves, but how do I get closer? And what does getting closer mean? There is nothing more frustrating than, after writing many pages, realizing you still don’t truly know your leading guy and/or gal.

We are all close to someone—usually many someones—and this makes us natural character experts. We spend much of our time analyzing our loved ones, our neighbors and co-workers (even the strangers sitting across from us on the bus), interpreting gestures, expressions, appearance, dialogue, and tone. We have all imagined the thoughts that pass through the minds of our lovers and friends and enemies; the celebrities we will never meet in person but who we feel already acquainted with thanks to the power of our interpretation and imagination. Writers can use this innate curiosity to create characters so complex they are impossible to be dismissed—characters worthy of the reader’s sympathy and investment.

Like their creators, our characters are capable of curiosity, and their eyes, focused on the right detail and filtered through the right lens, will unveil meaning in the same the way a camera does as it pans in on a subject in a film. In this craft class, writers will practice close reading of both published work and student work, focussing on consistent point-of-view technique as the foundation on which successful structure, character and language are built.