ON DEMAND The Unreliable Narrator: Turning Your Reader’s World Upside Down

The Unreliable Narrator: Turning Your Reader’s World Upside Down

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: General Admission $75 USD

Where: ON DEMAND, so on Computer or Compatible Device

When: At Your Convenience



Class Description:

Audiences take for granted that the first person they meet in the story is trustworthy. This assumption can be used for advantage as well as for magnificent story effect. I WILL warn you, however, that this is a highly advanced technique.

This said, the unreliable narrator is highly effective and has been used in many genres from general (or literary fiction) like ‘Fight Club’, to mystery ‘Gone Girl,’ to psychological suspense ‘Black Swan,’ just to name a few. But, as mentioned, this literary technique is far from easy, and not for the faint of heart.

This class, however, is here to break down this complex device and help you better understand how you might be able to use it in your own work.

We will cover the basics of structure, if your story is a good candidate for the unreliable narrator, and, if so, how to gain the audience’s trust so as to use it to capitalize on that necessary (but forgivable) betrayal to create that delightful twist at the end.

About the Instructor:

Kristen Lamb is the author of the definitive guide to social media and branding for authors, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. She’s also the author of #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer.

She’s also the author of the highly acclaimed mystery-thriller The Devil’s Dance.

Kristen has written over twelve hundred blogs and her site was recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers. Her branding methods are responsible for selling millions of books and used by authors of every level, from emerging writers to mega authors.