Fall Craft Intensive: Daphne Palasi Andreades


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An Unconventional Point-of-view: Writing from the “We” with Daphne Palasi Andreades
Saturday, September 30
9 AM  – 12 PM PST / 12 – 3 PM EST

Many great stories are narrated using traditional, well-known points-of-view such as the first-person and third-person perspectives. But what about narrating a story using a more unconventional, experimental, and less common point-of-view: the “we?” (sometimes labeled, though not always accurately, as “the first-person plural.”) I’ve found that the “we” can be an effective and powerful vehicle for thinking about collective experiences, groups, tribes, and communities. In this craft intensive, we will explore writing from this unusual, bold, and often tricky, point-of-view.

Questions we will examine include: How might one go about constructing their “we?” Why choose this perspective over, for example, the first-person or third-person point-of-view—When might the “we” be more appropriate, and what are its potential advantages and disadvantages? What are the political and ethical implications of this artistic choice?

Using writing exercises, an examination of a short text (chapter one of Julie Otsuka’s novel, The Buddha in the Attic; please read ahead in advance), class discussion, and sharing work, this craft intensive will offer techniques for thinking about, and writing from, this unconventional point-of-view.

The scholarship for this craft intensive has already been awarded.

BIO: Daphne Palasi Andreades (she/her) is the author of the debut novel, BROWN GIRLS. In the U.S., BROWN GIRLS was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, an Indie Next Pick by booksellers across the country, and was a finalist for several awards: the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the New American Voices Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Daphne is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA Fiction program, and is the recipient of an O.Henry Prize and scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her fiction often explores diaspora, immigration, family, and hybrid identities; her work also embraces formal innovation, experimentation, and draws from disciplines such as poetry, history, visual art, and more. She is at work on several projects, including her second novel. She lives in New York City.