Finding Your Own True Voice
"A writer’s voice is supposed to be hers alone," writes Rebecca Solnit. It is "where your humor and seriousness are located, what you believe in, why you write, who and what you write about." In this three-hour generative seminar for writers of memoir and personal essay, we'll study examples of strong voices (such as Joy Harjo, Lidia Yuknavitch, Brian Doyle, Vivian Gornick, Joe Wilkins) and how they work to draw us in. We'll try out some of their techniques with three to four in-class prompts. Sharing will be optional.
Ann Hedreen is an author (Her Beautiful Brain), teacher and documentary filmmaker. Ann has written for 3rd Act Magazine, About Place Journal, the Seattle Times, and other publications, including her award-winning blog, The Restless Nest. She is working on a collection of essays.