Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

KidLit Tools Workshop: How to Use Narrative Distance

Date(s) - 01/30/2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

How to Use Narrative Distance 

Online Workshop Description: 

Also called psychic distance, narrative distance refers to how far the narrator takes the reader inside a character’s thoughts and perceptions. Understanding narrative distance helps with controlling point of view and mastering the craft of showing characters versus telling about them. In this workshop, we will look at examples across the range of narrative distance, from remote to close-up, and practice placing our own sentences on the spectrum to achieve a desired effect on the reader.

Presented by: Lisa Rowe Fraustino

Dr. Lisa is the Director of Graduate Programs in Children’s Literature at Hollins University, where she teaches both literature and creative writing courses. Her middle-grade novel The Hole in the Wall won the 2010 Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature. Some of her best-known books include the Dear America title I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials (Scholastic); a picture book illustrated by Benny Andrews, The Hickory Chair (Arthur Levine/Scholastic); and the YA novel Ash (Orchard), which also served as her creative PhD dissertation. She has also edited three anthologies of young adult fiction. Dr. Lisa founded the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter of the SCBWI and served as its first Regional Advisor for many years.



Member $15.00

Non-Member $25.00


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