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"Finding and Crafting Your Voice: The Strongest Hook of Narrative" with Carol Dawson

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St. Edward's University
Moody Hall 209
Austin, TX 78704

3/1/2014 From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


PLEASE NOTE: Preregistration for this workshop is now closed. If seats are available, you can purchase them at the classroom door 15 minutes before class starts on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Walk-up rates will apply unless cleared by office ahead of time. Payment must be with check, cash, or money order. For more information, please call 512-499-8914 or write us at

$99 for members (log in to website for member price)

$159 for nonmembers


It is voice that achieves the truest power in narrative, and makes the story come alive. Coarse or subtle, naive or knowing, Voice is what forges the bond between writer and reader.

This course will focus on how Voice—i.e. point of view, tone, and delivery—works, and how to craft and structure a more effective story by controlling its use. We will start with discussing the differences, both subtle and obvious, between first person, third person, and the omniscient voice, the tricks, merits, and pitfalls of first person versus omniscience, the demands of plot and structure, and how to engage the reader more deeply through your choice of Voice. We'll then practice several exercises designed to sharpen the writer's ear, and eye, and skills in its development.

These techniques apply equally to non-fiction projects.

Carol Dawson is both a novelist and nonfiction author whose books include the novels The Waking Spell, Body of Knowledge, Meeting the Minotaur, and The Mother-in-Law Diaries, all published by Algonquin Books, Simon and Schuster, Viking-Penguin, and translated overseas. Her award-winning non-fiction book House of Plenty: The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Luby's Cafeterias was published by the University of Texas Press. Carol has taught creative writing and literature at the College of Santa Fe, as well as in numerous workshops. In addition, her work has been published in magazines and journals, including Texas Monthly, Southern Living, The Oxford-American, Parenting Magazine, etc. Her last book is an historical novel, and she is currently at work on two more--one historical, one set in the future. She also works as an independent professional manuscript editor.

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.


This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at


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The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit