Write Here, Write Now | Naomi Benaron: "You Talking to Me?"
6:30-8:00PM MONDAY, JANUARY 25

Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU's Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group.

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.


You Talking to Me? Thoughts on Second Person Point of View

Second person point of view is often seen as the awkward stepchild that no one wants to acknowledge. When misused, it can sound like a litany of accusations or a long singsong address without purpose, but when used effectively, second person is a powerful tool to create edgy and seize-you-by-the-throat prose. In this workshop, we’ll examine works by Ocean Vuong, Claudia Rankine, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Junot Diaz, and Italo Calvino as jumping off points for free-writing and other structured exercises. The purpose of this workshop is to gain familiarity and confidence with the uses of second person POV and hopefully to inspire you to try it in your own work.


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  • Cost: $5.
  • Register below or directly on Eventbrite.
  • Refunds will not be issued within one day of the event.

Naomi Benaron's debut novel Running the Rift won the 2010 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. It was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Pick, and was selected as one of the best books of 2012 by O Magazine, Seattle Times, Kansas City Star, and BookBrowse Review. Her short story collection, Love Letters from a Fat Man, won the 2006 Sharat Chandra Prize for Fiction; her short story Directions, written in second person POV, won the New Letters Reader's Choice Award. She has taught at UCLA Writers Extension, Pima Community College, and The Learning Curve as well as many college and community workshops. Before receiving her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, she had a long career in geophysics and oceanography.