Tell It from All Sides: Writing a Story with Multiple Points of View

121BC, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Some stories are told from a single point of view, while others are told by many characters who take turns giving us their own (sometimes conflicting) version of events. How do you decide when to use multiple perspectives? Which characters should serve as narrators? And once you’ve decided on multiple perspectives, how do you create voices that are strong and distinct? We will discuss the when, why, and how of writing an effective multiple-POV story to deliver a powerful, layered narrative.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2022_Outline_Multiple_POV.pdf



Angie Kim is a Korean immigrant and debut author of the international bestseller and Edgar winner Miracle Creek, which is being translated into over twenty languages. She has written for Vogue, the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, Glamour, and numerous literary journals.

​​Julia Phillips is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Disappearing Earth, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. A Fulbright fellow, she has written for the New York Times, ​The Atlantic, and the Paris Review. She teaches at the Randolph College MFA program.

Jean Kwok is the international bestselling author of Girl in Translation, Mambo in Chinatown, and Searching for Sylvie Lee, which was a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick and an instant New York Times bestseller. Her work has been published in twenty countries and is taught in schools across the world.

Danielle Trussoni is a New York Times, USA Today, and Sunday Times top ten bestselling author whose novels have been translated into thirty-three languages. She has served as the jury chair of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and currently writes the Dark Matters column for the New York Times Book Review.

Rebecca Makkai's fourth book, The Great Believers, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award; it won the LA Times Book Prize, the Carnegie Medal, and the Stonewall Award. She is artistic director of StoryStudio Chicago.


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