Voice, Point of View and Free Indirect Style
Sunday, May 17, 10am-4pm

Voice, Point of View and Free Indirect Style with Kathleen Alcalá

Spend a day exploring the right voice, the right distance, attitude, and when to switch narrators for your story or novel. Over the years, our understanding of narration has changed as our understanding of story has changed. Stories that were “fresh” for their time now feel awkward and antiquated. You should come away with two or three story starts, and maybe insight into that “problem” passage in your WIP.

We will spend an hour with each topic, examining the work of several masters, from “Changing My Mind” by Zadie Smith, to recent books by Molly Gloss, followed by an hour of exercises to probe, experiment, fail and succeed.

For everyone ages 18 and over.

Sunday, May 10, 10am-4pm

About the Instructor:

Kathleen Alcalá is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction, along with many stories in anthologies. Most recently, her story “Deer Dancer” appeared in New Suns, edited by Nisi Shawl. Both a Clarion West grad (1986?) and an instructor (2010?), her books have received the Governors Writers Award, the Western States Book Award, and numerous other recognitions.

About registration: 

The workshop fee is $95. If you are seeking a reduced rate or scholarship for this class, please email us at oneday@clarionowest.org.

Class Format & Accessibility: 

One online class session through Zoom.us.

Class begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. and is run online, with regular breaks. If you have questions about the format or content, please contact oneday@clarionwest.org.

Zoom meetings software is compatible with standard screen readers and has several other accessibility features that make it possible for writers who are Blind or vision impaired to participate in the webinar. 

Questions can be submitted via the meeting software chat function or via voice. 

Zoom is free for attendees. Please plan to register with Zoom in advance and download on your device. You will be sent a link to your Zoom class in your class email confirmation in the bottom last section of your confirmation. If you do not see a confirmation, please email us at oneday@clarionwest.org at least two hours before the start of class.

For best results, plan to connect to the class approximately 5 minutes before the start. You will be muted upon entry, but our workshop staff will be setting you to ‘allow to talk’ as they see you join. Plan to have your device on mute unless you are invited to talk to the class. Some instructors will ask you to turn on your camera either throughout the class or during discussion. Classes may be recorded to provide for student review.

We do not have live closed captioning for our webinars at this time. 


If you register but cannot attend the workshop, please give us as much notice as possible so that we can contact a waitlisted student and offer them your spot. In order to process a refund, we must receive 24-hour notice and be able to fill the spot with a waitlisted student. Exceptions may be made given emergency circumstances at administrator’s discretion. If Clarion West cancels the class for any reason, refunds will be made as soon as possible after the class has been cancelled.