Instructor: Tanya Whiton
Date & Time: Saturday, January 27 | 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $50 | Nonmember $105
Registration Closes: January 18

Deciding which narrative point of view will best serve a story can lead a writer to a series of complex questions. In her essential craft book Writing Fiction, author Janet Burroway suggest writers consider the following: “Who is talking? To whom? At what distance? And with what limitations?” Each of these options opens up a series of possibilities that affect point of view and narrative voice: first, who tells the story, and second, what voice will most effectively illuminate the characters and situation.

This workshop will first clarify the myriad options writers have to choose from when considering point of view. The class will then use student writings and the assigned short readings as a springboard for a discussion of different approaches to point of view and narrative voice. Finally, participants will undertake a series of writing exercises designed to give them a sense of creative possibility and confidence in manipulating point of view and narrative voice in their own work.

+ PLEASE SUBMIT After registering, participants are asked to submit a manuscript of up to 500 words of a work-in-progress (double-spaced, 12 point font) by no later than 9:00 a.m. on January 18. Please title manuscripts (either a Word doc or PDF) with the author’s name and the title of the piece, i.e. “Whiton, Tanya, The Deal” These pieces will not be workshopped in class; they will help inform the instructor’s preparation for the class. Please email the manuscript to with the subject line: “WHITON WORKSHOP MSS”

+ PLEASE NOTE A week prior to the workshop, participants will receive a packet of readings.

Tanya Whiton’s fiction has been published in Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse VoicesNorth Dakota QuarterlyWestern Humanities ReviewNorthwest Review and Crazyhorse 63, among others. Her short story “Giving Her Away” was included in the anthology The Way Life Should Be: A Collection of Stories by Contemporary Maine Writers. She has twice been the recipient of the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowship for Maine writers, and has received two New England Press Association Awards for her nonfiction work. Her book Two for the Road: Adventures in Maine, a collection of travel essays created in collaboration with photographer Heidi Killion, was published in 2014.

Tanya has taught creative writing for the Lesley Seminars, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, and the University of Southern Maine; she also teaches professional development skills for writers, on topics ranging from basic oral interpretation skills to marketing to navigating the indie publishing process. From January 2007–August 2016 she served as the Associate Director of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program. VISIT

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The MWPA is proud to offer one full scholarship to this workshop for members-only. Scholarships are awarded on a combination of need and merit. Application Due in the MWPA office on January 15 at 9:00 a.m.

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