Fiction Narrative: Finding the Right Voice

Date: 7/11/18 – 8/15/18

Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Fiction

• Regular: $210.00
• Member: $189.00
• Low-Income: $147.00

I sometimes think that once I find the voice of the storyteller, my work is done. I can sit back and let the voice tell the story. But that makes it seem simple. Picking the voice is never easy. First find the voice. Then let the voice tell the story.

This class will examine a variety of narration techniques, looking at different options a writer has, as well as the opportunities and challenges each style presents. We'll cover topics such as first- and third-person POV, filtering through personality, sensibility, reliability, secrets & mystery, omniscience, tense, narrative distance, curation of objects, and narrative strategy, as well as a few wilder, stranger options.

Sample texts will include (very short or excerpted) work by writers such as Rumaan Alam, James Baldwin, Sandra Cisneros, Roxanne Gay, Jamey Hatley, Kazuo Ishiguro, Edward P. Jones, Porochista Khakpour, Jamaica Kincaid, Jami Nakamura Lin, Veronica Montes, Ruth Ozeki, Grace Paley, Brenda Peynado, Salmon Rushdie, Yun Wei, and Hanya Yanagihara. Each session will also include concrete prompts and writing exercises to put the ideas to immediate and tangible use.