THE WRITER’S VOICE
A six-week writing intensive designed to help writers understand voice as a whole, and to understand the elements that make her own voice unique.
The exercises are mostly timed writings, and are designed to build, week by week, to help you see what you have to offer the world with your work. Are you a funny ethnic writer with a thread of poignancy? A serious historical novelist with roots deep in a particular time? What influenced you to become a writer and what do you want to get from it? Who taught you to speak, and what have you read and loved? These are all elements of the writer’s voice.
The class runs from Tuesday to Tuesday, and is comprised of lecture, exercises and discussion. Due to the intensive nature of the reading and writing requirement, class size is limited to 8. If an entire critique or other like group takes it together, there is a 10% discount, and as always, I will offer one scholarship available for each segment. To be considered, email me with “scholarship” in the subject line and specify which class and date you want to be considered for.
Questions? Email me.
DATES: April 30th–June 4th 3013
July 30th–Sept 3rd 2013
IF THERE IS SUFFICIENT INTEREST, I WILL CONSIDER OFFERING THE VOICE II CLASS LATER IN THE FALL.
What is voice, exactly?
Childhood and cultural influences
Becoming Aware: ourselves and our places
Voice vs. Style
Other influences: other writers, stories, genres.
Individual truth and emotional honestly; why writing is scary sometimes, even if you’re making it up and the heroine is a princess for heaven’s sake
Check in: how does it feel? Discussion.
More on influences and exercises on how to see them, see yourself, see others, pick out a voice
Illustrating the differences.
Exercises designed to show individual voice and quests.
Two part exercise designed to illustrate each individual voice. Reading, side by side posts.
Pulling it all together. A worksheet and discussion to help each writer answer lingering questions, put all her ideas in one place, and have a chance to display her own work.
To sign up for the class, email me and I will give you details.
To apply for a scholarship, email me with VOICE SCHOLARSHIP in the subject line. I’ll draw names from a hat the week before the class starts. Please don’t feel you have to give reasons. I’ve been there, and I trust you–if you can pay, you will.