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Summer Novel Series: Experimenting with Tense and Perspective: Setting Intentions with the Building Blocks of Craft with Mathangi Subramanian

$65.00 · August 22

In this class, we’ll analyze how combinations of first, second, and third person with present or past tense influence our novel’s tone, style, and emotional impact.

Start Date

August 22

Day(s) of the Week

Thursday

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$65

In stock

Description

This class is part of our “Summer Novel Series,” a variety of single-session classes on Thursday evenings designed to tackle one element of novel writing in each class. You can take one class, pick and choose, or take all of them! You can find all other classes in the series here.


How do we want our writing to feel? How close do we want to hold our reader, or how far away? How do we want to create a sense of urgency or, sometimes, just the opposite? In this class, we’ll analyze how combinations of first, second, and third person with present or past tense influence our novel’s tone, style, and emotional impact. After a series of close readings by living BIPOC & QTPOC novelists who use traditional and emotional combinations of tense and perspective, we’ll do a generative exercise to find a combination that works well for or entire book or – in some cases – key scenes within the book. We’ll then use this experience to set intentions for our novel which we can use to make craft decisions in both the generative and revision stages, and to outline places where we can play with traditional forms to enliven our narratives. Participants will come away from the class with a greater sense of control over their craft and plenty of ideas for revising and generating content.

 

About Mathangi Subramanian

Mathangi Subramanian is an award winning writer and educator based in Denver, Colorado. Her novel A People's History of Heaven was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and was longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, among others. Her middle grades book Dear Mrs. Naidu won the South Asia Book Award. Her shorter work has appeared in The Washington Post, Harper's Bazaar, Ms.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, Kweli Journal, and McSweeny's Internet Tendency, among others. She is currently faculty at the Regis Mile High MFA Program, a guest artist at Denver School of the Arts Middle and High School, and teaches at venues such as The Porch, The Writer's Center, VONA, and The International Women's Writing Guild. A Fulbright-Nehru Senior scholar and a former Assistant Vice President at Sesame Workshop, senior policy analyst for the New York City Council, and public school teacher in Texas and New York City, she holds a doctorate in communication and education from Columbia Teachers College.