On-line Voice Classes Schedule

Two voice classes are in the offering this fall.   Voice II, Holy Callings and Practicalities, has been scheduled to begin October 22.  There are a few openings for those who have already taken Voice 1.   See below for more details.

I have had quite a few inquiries for a Voice 1 class, so I will offer that class this fall as well, beginning October 1.  Details are below.

(And yes, I know these classes are more expensive than some on-line offerings, but they’re quite intensive and student-centered.   If you have questions, email me.)


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 writers with a thread of poignance? 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 reading and writing requirement, class size is limited to 8.  A 20% discount is offered for groups of five or more, and there is 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.

COST: $225
DATES: October 1, 2008


What is voice, exactly?
Childhood and cultural influences
Becoming Aware: ourselves and our places
Voice vs. Style

WEEK THREEOther 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.WEEK FIVEExercises 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.

Begins October 1, 2008
Limit 8 students


Many students have asked for a continuation of the voice class, and after much thought, I have fashioned a syllabus that will build on the foundation we use in Voice I.    Using the same format of small, intimate groups, timed exercises, and discussion, we will discuss the passions, ideas, and compulsions we want to express in writing, as well as the practicalities of finding times, fitting ourselves to the right markets and learning to shape voice to style.  As with the other classes, there are scholarships available.

Prerequisite: Voice I or my permission.

Cost: $225
Length: 6 weeks
Class limit: 8

2008 start dates:  March 11; October 22
Email me to hold your place.

Week One–Holy Callings

Week Two–Genres and connection

Week Three–Seminal events


Week Four–Practicalities

Week Five–Path

Week Six–Pulling it all together

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