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“Finding Your Voice” ONLINE with Heather Harper Ellett

May 1 2021 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

$49 – $109
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$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

Find the sound of your manuscript.

Voice is the Loch Ness Monster of the literary world—a nebulous, evasive entity that nobody can describe perfectly, yet we know it when we see it. Publishers want it, reviewers swoon over it, but how do we use voice effectively if its very definition eludes us? In this class, students will explore the concept of voice in popular literature. Learn the three cornerstones of voice and how to apply them immediately to your work in progress. Identify the unique voice elements like syntax and diction that already exist in your writing and utilize them strategically. Dive into diction and dialogue to make a story uniquely yours. Work with humor as a voice technique for connecting with the reader.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • Prospective agents repeatedly say that your story is “great” but they “can’t connect with the main character or narrator.”
  • You want to elevate traditional genre fiction beyond the norm, or your literary fiction needs a kick in the pants.
  • You’re a writer who appreciates craft and wants to play with words on a granular level.

The deadline to register for this class has been extended to Saturday, May 1, at 8 a.m. CDT. If you have any trouble registering, contact us at becka@writersleague.org.

Instructor

Heather Harper Ellett is a graduate of SMU and a licensed professional counselor in private practice. Her debut novel, AIN'T NOBODY NOBODY was named one of the Best Mysteries of the Year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a Best Work of First Fiction Finalist by the Texas Institute of Letters. She lives in Dallas with her husband and son. Follow her writing life on Twitter and Instagram at @heatherellett, and learn more about her counseling practice at www.dallascounselor.com.

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it. If you prefer this option, please email wlt@writersleague.org with a copy of the form as well. We are working out of our office at this time.

Class & Event Registration Policy

Once a purchase has been made, registrations are not refundable and cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a registration and then find you cannot attend the class or event, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org and let us know the name and contact information for the person who will be using the registration so that we can update the class or event roster.

Credit Card Transaction Handling Fee Policy

All credit card transactions will incur a 4% handling fee. If you’d prefer to pay by check for membership, a class, or an event, you can use the provided forms on the membership or event pages and mail to: WLT, P.O. Box 14355, Austin, TX, 78704.

HOW WLT CLASSES WORK:
Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven’t taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at sam@writersleague.org if you’d like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

HOW ONLINE CLASSES WORK: Once you register for the class, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions no later than 48 hours before the class date. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can’t attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for one week after the class date. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE.  Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your software or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually only take a few minutes, but you don’t want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at wlt@writersleague.org.
Cultural Arts City of Austin

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Texas Commission on the Arts

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 www.arts.texas.gov.

National Endowment for the Arts

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to www.maaa.org.

Details

Date:
May 1 2021
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Cost:
$49 – $109
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