The Writer’s Voice: What is it and how do I get one?
With Kylie Fitzpatrick
Wednesday, 2pm – 4pm
26 February – 1 April 2020
This course is for writers of all abilities and experience and for those interested in fiction and non-fiction alike. What does it mean to ‘have a voice’ as a writer? Voice is something deeply personal, impossible to fake and almost as difficult to define. Voice is more than the expression of an opinion or an attitude, it is each individual writer’s most powerful tool for channelling ideas.
In this workshop, you will learn how to identify and then develop your voice or your own distinctive writing style through discussion, instruction and practical application. You will come to recognise the difference between the noisy, judgemental chitter-chatter of the mind and the quieter, wiser voice of the creative writer. By the end of six weeks, you will have the beginnings of a piece of writing that reflects your unique, authentic voice or will have breathed new life into an existing writing project.
About Kylie Fitzpatrick
Kylie Fitzpatrick is the author of four novels that have been published in eleven languages and is a literary consultant and seminar facilitator. She has a background in documentary television working in script development for the BBC and ABC and an MA and PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. She lectured for nine years on the Creative Writing MA and BA programs at Bath Spa University in the U.K. and is an editor, mentor and manuscript consultant for Writers & Artist’s at Bloomsbury publishing.
Introduction: What does it mean to have a writing voice and how do I get one? This week you’ll identify exactly what we are looking for and how to recognise and cultivate it through reading, writing and listening to each other.
Writing task: The beginning.
The narrator: Whether your narrator is you, the author, or a character or an omniscient being, the narrative voice brings writing alive and connects the writer and reader. This week you’ll examine the options and decide how best to choose.
Writing task: Who is telling the story?
Tone and style: Tone and style are words that are often used to describe literature. This week you’ll discover what they really mean, and how you can use language consciously and meaningfully to reflect your writing voice.
Writing task: What is being communicated to the reader?
Making words work: Having the ability to write beautiful prose is a rare gift, but this isn’t a voice. You don’t have to be a literary acrobat to write something engaging, powerful or meaningful. This week you’ll learn the difference between technique and voice.
Writing task: Writing down the contents of your heart as well as your mind.
Shaping narrative: The difference between writing and speaking is that when we write we arrange our thoughts in a different way. The human brain is wired to communicate through narrative, but there are some structural tricks writers use to make the telling a whole lot more interesting. This week you’ll learn what these are.
Writing task: Keeping readers engaged.
The self-editor: It is often only when we have written a draft that we fully understand what it is we are writing about; it has been said that we write to find out what we think. Self-editing is an intrinsic part of finding your writing voice; going back to a piece of writing is like an archeological dig: you never know what you might find beneath the surface.
Writing task: Discovering meaning by rewriting.
All materials will be provided.
What to bring
Participants are invited to bring a favourite pen or special notebook they’d like to use for their writing. Spare pens and paper will be provided.
Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop.
- Refunds are available if requested at least one week (7 days) prior to the commencement of the workshop(s).
- Refunds requested within one week (7 days) of the commencement of the workshop(s) are only available in exceptional circumstances and must be supported by documentation (i.e. medical certificate).
- No refunds will be given after the commencement of the workshop(s).
- Partial refunds are not available if you are unable to attend individual workshops that are part of a workshop series.
Please contact Belco Arts via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.
Image: Kylie Fitzpatrick.