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  • Workshop 5: Writing by Ear: Developing Voice

    Fairmont Chateau Whistler
    October 17, 2015 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


    with Merilyn Simonds

    First we sang; then we spoke. In all the best writing, you can still hear the music. It is the essence that enlivens a string of words, the animus that lifts a sentence off the page and lodges it in the memory forever. We call it Voice. We know a good one when we read it, but how to develop a strong, compelling voice in your work? In this workshop you’ll learn how to develop your writer’s ear.

    First, we’ll share tips for finding your true writer’s voice, then we’ll explore how to make it sing – by removing literary distractions and by paying close attention to word choice, syntax, and cadence. Throughout, we’ll listen to and analyze the very best writers’ voices to see how they achieve their effects. Voice is what editors are most looking for today.

    Developing a good writer’s ear is essential for all writers, regardless of genre. This workshop will be geared particularly towards writers of memoir and creative nonfiction, but everyone is welcome!

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