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The How-to of Deep Point of View with Alison McMahan

Attention all writers! Join us for a workshop led by a published author!

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You’ve been introduced to the basics of point of view. Now learn more about one aspect of it: Deep Point of View.

Deep POV is the degree of psychic distance that positions the reader most deeply inside the character’s mind. Deep POV can be written in first or third person. Fiction does Deep POV; movies don’t. Deep POV is the best way to help a reader develop empathy, because the reader is privy to the character’s visceral reactions or deepest emotional reactions. Deep POV works better in certain genres: Young Adult, Romance, and Mystery. This class will cover the hallmarks of Deep POV, Deep POV in first and third person, Visceral reactions, Free Indirect Discourse (FID) and some narrative theory.

Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and author. Her most recent film is Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs (2010) narrated by Sam Waterston. Her non-fiction book, Alice Guy Blache, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), was translated into Spanish and film rights sold. Her historical mystery novel, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal Books, 2014), won the Rosemary Award and the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award. Her short mysteries have been anthologized by Level Best Books, Wildside Press, Down-and-Out Books, and in the Scream and Scream Again middle-grade horror anthology edited by R.L. Stine for HarperCollins. She is a two-time Derringer finalist and chosen as one of the “Other Distinguished Mystery Stories” authors in Best American Mystery Stories of 2018. Please visit her at

Venice, 1643. Isabella, 15, wants to sing in Monteverdi’s Choir, but only boys (and castrati) can do that. Her singing teacher, Margherita, introduces her to a new wonder: opera! But then Isabella finds Margherita murdered. Now the killer is after Isabella and Margherita’s handsome rogue of a son, Rafaele. Isabella and Rafaele have to solve the mystery of the Saffron Crocus before Rafaele is condemned for a murder he didn’t commit, though Isabella fears the truth will drive her and the man she loves irrevocably apart.


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