How to Use Narrative Distance in Picture Book Writing

with Lisa Rowe Fraustino

What is narrative distance and how can it help you write a better picture book?

In this session, Lisa Rowe Fraustino explains techniques that award-winning authors use to achieve their desired effect through control of narrative distance. Also called psychic distance or authorial distance, narrative distance refers to how far the narrator takes the reader inside a character's thoughts and perceptions. Understanding narrative distance helps a writer stay in a consistent point of view and show characters versus telling about them.

"Lisa, thank you for your presentation! Extremely helpful to my present manuscript. Great advice."

- Marlena Colino Leach

Your Instructor

Lisa Rowe Fraustino
Lisa Rowe Fraustino

Lisa Rowe Fraustino has published a long list of children’s books, poetry, and criticism. Her picture book The Hickory Chair, illustrated by Benny Andrews and published by Arthur Levine/Scholastic, received widespread critical acclaim. Her YA novel Ash served as her PhD dissertation at Binghamton University, her middle-grade novel The Hole in the Wall won the 2010 Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature, and she wrote the Dear America book about the Salem witch trials, I Walk in Dread. Also an award-winning teacher, Lisa directs the Graduate Programs in Children’s Literature at Hollins University.

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