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The main task of any writer in any form, writes Peter Elbow, is to win the reader’s trust. Voice is how we earn that trust, yet we struggle to find our voice and to throw it like a ventriloquist. We’ll read compelling voices to learn how they work, analyze our own voice, and play with voice in class and at home. Free your voice, generate new work, breathe new life into work in progress, have fun writing—and along the way learn how to write a great opening.
Mary Lane Potter is the author of A Woman of Salt: A Novel (2001 Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection) and Strangers and Sojourners: Stories from the Lowcountry. She was awarded a Washington State Arts Commission/Artist Trust Fellowship and MacDowell and Hedgebrook residencies.
Potter’s nonfiction has appeared in River Teeth, Witness, Tiferet, Spiritus, SUFI Journal, Leaping Clear, Feminist Studies in Religion, SIGNS, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Minerva Rising, Hevria, and others. She’s currently completing a book of essays on the body/spirit tangle.