JUST WHOSE STORY IS THIS? POINT OF VIEW, TENSE AND VOICE
Point of view is probably the most important decision any writer of fiction has to make when facing the loneliest place on earth: Chapter One, Page One. Randall Platt will offer a free two-hour workshop for Willamette Writers Coast Chapter at 2:00 pm on June 21st at the Newport Public Library. She’ll answer questions like who is the best character to tell the story? Which character offers the best voice, the most possibilities? What about multiple points of view? Every story needs a strong storyteller. What characters, what tense can best tell your story and result in the best possible voice? We’ll dissect the opening of a novel – switch it all around, have fun with it, explore point of view, play with the tense and find the right voice.
Randall Platt writes fiction for adults and young adults and those who don’t own up to being either. Platt, a lifelong resident of the Upper Left Hand Corner, has been a full-time writer for twenty-five years, which is certainly long enough to know better. But since Platt finds no shortage of fascinating characters and stories springing from the beautiful Pacific Northwest, the books just keep coming. Which explains why nearly all Platt’s novels take place in Washington or Oregon, the exception being Liberty’s Christmas, which takes place in Texas during the Depression. A film, Promise The Moon, has been made of Platt’s humorous western, The Four Arrows Fe-As-Ko.
Platt’s novels have won several awards including twice winning the Willa Literary Award and twice winning the Will Rogers Medallion for best young adult literature. Platt has also received the Keystone State Reading Award, been a finalist for the PEN Center USA award as well as the Washington State Book Award. Platt is a sought-after speaker and presenter at conferences, schools, and libraries, specializing in fun and honest answers shot straight from the hip.
Just released is Incommunicado, a coming of age story set during the first turbulent months of World War Two. Six previously published hard covers have been released as audio books with ebook versions to follow. Several times a week Platt puts away the words and heads for the nearest handball court or hiking trail.
More information than you ever wished to know about Platt is available at www.plattbooks.com, Facebook, and LinkedIn, as well as the usual book websites.
Willamette Writers is the largest writers’ organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. Willamette Writers’ goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. Willamette Writers typically meets on the third Sunday of each month at 2:00. For more information call Theresa Wisner at 541-351-8002. Information is also available at http://willamettewriters.com/coast/ and Willamette Writers Coast Chapter on FaceBook.