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The Tools of Voice [Mitchell S. Jackson]

One of the most effective ways in prose to, as Susan Sontag says, “preserve the works of the mind against oblivion,” is to craft a distinctive voice. Voice is made up of qualities that include diction and structural choices, syntactical usage, and a mindfulness of the acoustics of language. This craft lecture will present philosophies on voice and some of the rhetorical tools used to compose a remarkable one. It will include examples of those tools from published excerpts, as well as guide participants through a critique of those examples. The lecture will conclude with an exercise designed to challenge participants to employ some of the strategies covered.

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