Do You Want to Know How to Write POV and Psychic Distance in Fiction for Young People?

Do You Want to Know How to Write POV and Psychic Distance in Fiction for Young People?

“The only reason for being a professional writer is that you just can’t help it.” Leo Rosten


If you’ve dropped in for a visit, then you’re reading the right blog. Well…almost.

Kim Taylor-DiLeva, Host/Founder, Writing for Children Live hosted a Free Live Teleseminar, Wednesday, Sept. 19th at 7:00 p.m. E.T.

Why are you telling me about a Teleseminar that’s already over?

Because I had technical difficulties with my “improved” self-hosted site, and I couldn’t post it. 🙁 Ha, some improvement! But then I’m reminded of a poem written by Robert Burns, “To a Mouse”, (November, 1785).

“The best laid schemes of Mice and Men oft go arwy,

And leave us nothing but grief and pain,”

But, not all is lost…

“For promised joy!”

Has arrived because…

Marion Dane Bauer

This coming Wednesday, Sept. 26th, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. E.T., Newbery Honor Winner, and author of over 80+ books for children, Marion Dane Bauer will be back “live” on Kim Taylor-DiLeva’s site to present a Webinar onPoint of view and psychic distance in fiction for young people.

“Before the first word of a story can be written, a writer must decide on point of view. Before the story can evolve, the writer must discover how close in to the character she wants to stand.”

Marion Dane Bauer will address the following:

  • What are the strengths and the limitations of a first person point of view?
  • What is easy and what is more difficult when writing in third person?
  • How close in or far away do you want to stand from your characters?
  • Why would you make one choice over another?
  • What is a dramatic point of view?
  • An omniscient one?
  • Are these perspectives ones you will ever want to attempt?

“There is no “right” or “wrong” choice here. But whatever point of view you decide to use it will shape your story deeply. It’s important to understand the impact of the choices you make.”

Here are two ways to take part:

Dial-In: Here’s the number to call:
Dial: (206) 402-0100
Pin: 382932# (you’ll need this)
Or, click here -> check for a local dial-in number…

Or, click here -> to join The Webcast online.

If you’re like anything like me (clueless) about how this worked, Kim forwarded the following information:

“For Wednesday’s call – if you listen in via your computer, you would participate through text messages via the teleconference webpage.  If you don’t send any messages – then you are just listening in and following a PowerPoint presentation.  If you listen in via the phone – then your phone line will automatically be on mute. If you choose to participate you will press *2 to raise your hand and then I will unmute certain callers for their answers/questions. So in no way do you have to talk live if you choose not to. :)”

Last Wednesday, Kim reduced my anxiety level. It was a breeze to follow. Thanks Kim. 🙂

Kim has graciously offered to pop back over to my blog to answer any questions you might have after Marion Dane Bauer’s presentation.

The live event will run for about 1-1/2 hours. You don’t want to miss it!

Now, I’m crossing my fingers and toes, hoping this post gets to you. And if you interested in reading my post from Tuesday, Sept. 18th, 2012, (the one that didn’t make it to most of my followers), please click here -> “Are You Up For Another Challenge?” Please leave a comment so I know this post went through.

Thanks for visiting!

Tracy Campbell


17 Responses

  1. Thanks Tracy for your visit in my blog 🙂 I highly appreciate it. Your muse Matilda is so adorable, I like her and your blog is awesome. See you around dear and nice meeting you here via blogging world!
    Dolly xoxo

  2. Hi Tracy…Thanks for all that info…You are such a wonderful provider of info. and stories…It is very appreciated…I will be away as of this Sunday for 3 weeks…Going to Portugal…Looking forward to walking all over the place this year…Looks like I will miss the writers group meeting again…I may get there, not sure…Well there is always November!!! Wowee time is moving quickly…Happy writing…I will not be on line much or if at all so please do not think I am ignoring you…I will miss your posts…Will talk to you when I get home…

  3. There’s another teleseminar tomorrow evening at 7:00 “Get Them Talking: From Dialogue to Scene”. If you’d like more information, let me know. Thanks

    • Kim Taylor-DiLeva offers free teleseminar’s every Wednesday night featuring different authors. The topics covered are excellent. To get notified of how you can access upcoming author presentations, visit And I don’t get anything for passing this info along. LOL 🙂 If you do pop over to Kim’s site, tell her I sent you.
      And I hadn’t heard of psychic distance before either, but I learned some interesting stuff from that teleseminar.

  4. Kim Taylor-DiLeva, the host of Writing for Children Live, here. Thank you tracyc for helping to spread the word! I wanted to share a quick funny tidbit – people kept telling me I had a typo for saying “psychic” distance in the title of Marion’s teleseminar and were telling me that it should read “physical” distance. I had to reply, mulitiple times over again, that it was indeed NOT a typo! 🙂 Thank you all for joining me over at Writing for Children Live. I’ve got YA Author Susan Shaw this Wednesday night at 7:00 pm EST. I read her books and ABSOLUTELY LOVED THEM! She’s going to be great! Hope you can join me!

    • Hi Kim,
      Thanks so much for popping in and clarifying “psychic” distance wasn’t a typo. I’m sure others reading my blog thought I’d gone off the deep end too! LOL I’ll “see” you soon at your teleseminar, Kim!

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