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"Finding Your Voice" ONLINE with Heather Harper Ellett

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Online Class

2/5/2020 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST

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All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Find the sound of your manuscript.

Voice is the Loch Ness Monster of the literary world—a nebulous, evasive entity that nobody can describe perfectly, yet we know it when we see it. Publishers want it, reviewers swoon over it, but how do we use voice effectively if its very definition eludes us?


In this class, students will

  • Explore the concept of voice in popular literature.
  • Learn the three cornerstones of voice and how to apply them immediately to your work in progress.
  • Identify the unique voice elements like syntax and diction that already exist in your writing and utilize them strategically.
  • Dive into diction and dialogue to make a story uniquely yours.
  • Work with humor as a voice technique for connecting with the reader.


  • Prospective agents repeatedly say that your story is “great” but they “can’t connect with the main character or narrator.”

  • You want to elevate traditional genre fiction beyond the norm, or your literary fiction needs a kick in the pants.
  • You’re a writer who appreciates craft and wants to play with words on a granular level.



  • I can’t tell you the last time I had so much fun writing in such a short period of time.”

  • “She was so knowledgeable and positive. And she went out of her way to help each of us individually and as a group.”
  • “I leveled up so much in just a few hours.”



Heather Harper Ellett is the author of the novel Ain't Nobody Nobody. Born and raised in East Texas, Ellett has been writing all of her life. For almost a decade, she was Vice President of Publishing for a publicly-traded company in which she wrote and planned content for fifteen million students nationwide. During that time, she ran a creative writing workshop for homeless men and women in downtown Dallas.  She has also written articles for prominent national organizations including the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Heather earned degrees in Creative Writing and Biology from SMU, and a Master’s in Counseling from Amberton University. She is a graduate of The Writer's Path at SMU and now teaches in the program. In addition, she is a licensed professional counselor in private practice, a skill set that lends itself nicely to working with writers. She lives in Dallas with her son, her husband, and two cats.






$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers


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Registration will close on Wednesday, February 5, at 5 p.m. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. 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.



Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit