Free Online Creative Writing Course - Class 5: Point of View

This is the Class 5 from CWN's free online creative writing course in fiction. (If you're not signed up for the course, consider yourself invited. Click here to start.)

Free Creative Writing Courses - Class 5

Topic: Point of View

There you are! Good to see you. Today's class is about narrative point of view and different types of narrators.

10-minute writing assignment - Do this after reading the lesson:

Imagine a blind date. The guy thinks it goes wonderfully -- amazing chemistry; they have so much in common. The girl thinks it's a disaster, that he's a real creep. (Optional: write character profiles first for both of these characters).

Part 1 (5 minutes): Write about the date in the first person, from the girl's point of view. E.g., "I met him at the restaurant at seven. He looked..."

Part 2 (5 minutes) Write about the same date in the first person, from the guy's point of view.

Today's reading - After completing the reading, return here to do the 10-minute writing assignment:

How to Write Short Stories from Inside Your Character's Head.


  1. First, fill out the Progress Checklist, and come back to this page.
  2. Next, complete today's reading, and come back.
  3. After you've finished the reading, do the 10-minute writing assignment. To review the guidelines for 10-minute writing assignments, click here.
  4. When you've finished, fill out a Goals Worksheet. The goals you set here will be your homework for next time.
  5. After filling out the Writing Goals worksheet, put the date and time for Class 6 on your calendar.

Good progress! See you next time.

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