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"Who's Telling Your Story - and How? Narrative Voice and Point of View in Fiction" with Sara Kocek

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall rm. 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

4/23/2016 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM



$49 for members (log in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

NOTE: This class is SOLD OUT; no walk up registrations will be available at the door.


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Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, April 21. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

We all know the feeling of picking up a book and "hearing" the narrator's voice in our heads. But how, exactly, do we hear a voice on the page? And more importantly, how do we make our narrator's voices so vivid and distinct that they're unmistakable? In this workshop we will cover how to create compelling narrators that stand out in the slush pile--whether you're writing in the first person, third person, or from multiple points of view. We'll also work on polishing the narrative voices in our own stories and novels through in-class writing and revision.

This class will cover:

  • What we mean when we talk about "voice" in fiction
  • First person vs. third person narrators: how to choose the point of view that works best for your story
  • How to manage a story or novel with multiple narrators
  • Examples of distinctive voices in literature and techniques to make your narrator's voice more distinctive
  • How to avoid information dumps, too much backstory, and other common narrative pitfalls
  • How to manage the difference between a character's narrative voice and spoken dialogue

About the instructor:

Sara Kocek is the author of Promise Me Something (Albert Whitman, 2013) and the founder of Yellow Bird Editors, an Austin-based collective of independent editors and writing coaches. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where she taught fiction and poetry to undergraduates and worked as a full-time editorial intern at Random House and Penguin. Prior to pursuing her MFA, Sara graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale University, where she worked as Writing Fellow, tutoring undergraduate and graduate students in academic and creative writing.

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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. For policies, please visit our Classes page.

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

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