Choices in Narrative Voices,
with John Bell

 Saturday, November 17, 2018

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster, Massachusetts

 An author can describe the same series of events involving the same characters in many different ways. From one character’s point of view or several? In the first person or third (or second)? In the past tense or present? From an immediate perspective or years later?

In this workshop, John Bell lays out six building blocks of all narrative voices: Person, Point of View, Perspective, Past & Present, Paper Trail, and Presence. Understanding all the choices available will help you select the narration that serves your stories best.

J.L. Bell is a writer from Newton specializing in the start of the American Revolution. He shares his work and other Revolutionary news through daily updates on his website, Boston1775.net. John has published numerous articles about the Boston Massacre, the experiences of children in the ten years before the war, and related topics. He has also written a book-length study of Gen. George Washington’s work in Cambridge for the National Park Service. He is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Revolutionand assistant editor of the Colonial Comics series.