Who the Heck is Talking?
Characters, Narrators, and the Slippery Slope of Narrative Distance
Saturday, October 15th from 1:00 PM to 4:00
What’s the difference between the following lines of fiction? “It was winter of the year 1853. A large man stepped out of a doorway.” vs. “Snow. Under your collar, down inside your shoes, freezing and plugging up your miserable soul.”
In one, the narrator keeps his distance from the protagonist; in the other, the narrator shares sensibilities with the protagonist. In this workshop, Brad Gambill will show you how professional writers manipulate “narrative distance” to bring added life and vitality to their characters and their fiction.
Brad Gambill was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and received an English degree from the University of Oklahoma.
He received a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he worked with two Pulitzer Prize winners, Marilynne Robinson and James Alan McPherson.
At Oklahoma State, he received his PhD in in fiction writing and Native American literature and completed Baby’s Blues, a coming-of-age novel set in the 1970s. At Waynesburg College (PA) and John Brown University, Gambill has taught creative writing courses in fiction, poetry, and playwriting and helped create and run writing/art festivals for high school and college students.
His full-length, Oklahoma-based play, The 5 & Dime Girls, received a staged reading at JBU, and he is currently writing a novel titled No Joy for Matisse.
Learn to take your writing to the next level by controlling narrative distance.