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August 28 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

1 meeting
Genre: Writers Craft 
Semester:
  • Summer 2021
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  • Online
Room: Zoom Room 2

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Writing the Unreliable Narrator

Authors rely on narrators–sometimes the author, sometimes a character in the story–to guide the reader through a narrative. Generally, we as readers rely on these voices to help us navigate a fictional world. However, sophisticated writers are often able to develop a character who does not tell the truth–the unreliable narrator. A narrator might be unreliable because they are deliberately deceptive, or because they are innocently misguided. It might also just be that the narrator is naive, and doesn’t have the knowledge or information to present the full picture. The narrator’s deceptions can range from small white lies to a complete web. A useful method for character development, writing a major character who is less than truthful requires deft handling of the storytelling art. How do you let the audience know that they are being deceived? And why would you want to? In this workshop, we will examine specific types of unreliable narrators, apply techniques for allowing your readers to peek behind the curtain of your characters’ deceptions, and practice the art of artistic deception.

Please note: This class or event will be held online (using Zoom or a similar live platform). To participate, students or attendees should have a stable internet connection. Class participants: you should have a computer or device with a webcam and microphone; and your Zoom link will be automatically sent to you after you register.

The MuseTeacher: Jean Klein