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"Finding and Strengthening Your Unique Writing Voice" with Katherine Catmull

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ACC Highland Campus, rm 2105
6101 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

10/8/2016 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

$49 for members (log in for member pricing)

$109 for nonmembers

Online registration is now closed for this event.

If you wish to attend, there are still a few seats available for purchase at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early and pay with exact cash or check (made out to Writers' League of Texas). The walk-up rate is $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Almost every editor’s wishlist states, “I’m looking for a manuscript with a strong, distinctive voice.” And yet voice is talked about in the vaguest terms, as if it were some mystical gift—rather than what it is, a craft element you can develop like any other.

In this hands-on workshop, students will discuss

  • The difference between authorial, narrative, and character voice
  • The elements that come together to make voice
  • Voice and point of view
  • How narrative voice can change and grow over the course of a narrative
  • Strategies and exercises for finding your own unique voice

Bring a notebook or laptop, because students will also be doing exercises to find and strengthen voice in their own writing.

About the instructor:

Katherine Catmull is the author of Summer and Bird (Dutton Young Readers/Penguin), one of Booklist's 2012 Top Ten First Novels for Youth and a TLA Spirit of Texas Reading pick for 2014-2015, and the YA fantasy, The Radiant Road, which has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal. She is one of four co-authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2014), a collection of scary short stories. Catmull is also an actor, freelance arts writer, and a produced and published playwright.


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