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PJ Seminar: A Master Class on Building Reader Empathy through Close Point of View with Anne Ursu

$70.00 · May 2

Books for young readers rely on the emotional connection between reader and protagonist, and narration is crucial to forging that connection. We’ll look at ways to craft narration to create characters that linger.

Start Date

May 2

Day(s) of the Week


Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT




Zoom (online)




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One of the most common rejections writers for young readers get is, I’m just not connecting with your main character. But often the problem isn’t actually located in character, but in the craft of narration. Narration can be a powerful tool in mediating the bond between reader and protagonist. By working with psychic distance, thinking about perspective, and using techniques to put emotion on the page, we can make our characters come alive.

In this class, we’ll look closely at examples from such contemporary masters as Erin Entrada Kelly, Meg Medina, and Rita Williams-Garcia, practice applying what we’ve learned on the page, and come out with a series of practical techniques to make our narration—and therefore our reader—closer to the protagonist.

About Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu is the author of acclaimed novels Not Quite a Ghost, The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy, The Lost Girl, Breadcrumbs, and The Real Boy, among others. Her work has been selected as a National Book Award nominee, a Kirkus Prize finalist, and as a best book of the year by Parents Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com, and School Library Journal. She has been mentoring writers of books for young people for 15 years.