Angle of Vision: Reflection and Retrospection, Tense and Time

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:10 pm Eastern

Writers of prose rarely consider tense, though it is essential to orienting a reader. When we write about our own experiences, tense must be in control to allow retrospection—the consideration of the past from the vantage point of the present.

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In this webinar, we will examine how tense functions; consider the often-repeated belief that present tense is more vivid and immediate; and analyze how mastering tense allows seasoned writers to engage in retrospection and reflection. Retrospection is a powerful form of meaning making: it allows us to consider what happened through the lens of subsequent experience, adding a layer of significance to memory and allowing the writer to recognize and reflect on what’s changed.

In this webinar, you will:

  • EXAMINE the ways one can use tense to enable retrospection and reflection, which allows the past to be considered from the vantage point of the present
  • ANALYZE the differences between past and present tense to understand how each functions discretely and how they can work together
  • LEARN how to use tense in your own writing to create an angle of vision that draws meaning from memory and experience

There will be time for a Q&A at the end of the presentation.

This webinar is ideal for writers of memoir and personal essay who want to better understand how to write from their own memories and experiences.

All registrants receive a recording.

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