The University of Iowa

Anthony Varallo

Anthony Varallo is the author of a novel, The Lines (University of Iowa Press), as well as four short story collections: This Day in History (University of Iowa Press), winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award and finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize; Out Loud (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; Think of Me and I’ll Know (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books), finalist for the Balcones Fiction Prize; and Everyone Was There (Elixir Press), winner of the Elixir Press Fiction Award. He is a professor of English at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, where he serves as fiction editor of Crazyhorse

 

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 19 to July 24 2020
Instructor(s): 
Anthony Varallo

When we first begin to write fiction, selecting point-of-view feels about as casual as choosing which pair of socks to wear: blue or darker blue? Maybe brown? As we develop our writing, though, point-of-view gradually begins to reveal itself for what it truly is: the most important element of fiction, period. Everything orbits around point-of-view: detail, imagery, conflict, characterization, dialogue and plot.