I'll be presenting a workshop on "Finding Your Writer's Voice" at next week's Karitos Christian Arts Conference. The presentation is based on a class I teach using the text Finding Your Writer's Voice:
A Guide to Creative Fiction by Thaisa Frank and Dorothy Wall.
I'll also be mentioning the following texts in the presentation:
- Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
- Writing Poetry from the Inside Out: Finding Your Voice through the Craft of Poetry by Sandford Lyne
- Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
- A Writer's Book of Days by Judy Reeves
For a writiing exercise on "Distilling Voice" based on one in the Finding Your Writer's Voice, see this Wednesday Writing Workout I posted on the TeachingAuthors blog.
These are the Freewriting Guidelines I'll share in the presentation:
- Do date the page and write topic/prompt at top.
- Do go with your first thought/image.
- Do keep your pen moving.
- Don't look at the timer.
- Don't worry about grammar, spelling, sentence structure, etc.
- Don't judge your writing.
And here are two online articles on voice that may also be of interest:
- Author Melissa Stewart's post "What is Voice" specifically on voice in nonfiction
- Amber Lee Starfire's "Ten Tips for Strengthening Your Unique Writing Voice"
If you have any questions about my presentation, feel free to post it as a comment below or email me through my contact page.