Just starting a workshop tonight and have already ran into a couple of the writers attending around town this morning. It’s going to be great fun. Kris (aka Kris Nelscott, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kris Rusch) and I are teaching a workshop on the structure of all the different types of mystery stories, from Cozy to Thriller and everything in the middle. A fun weekend with a bunch of fun writers talking writing. Doesn’t get better.
And then next weekend is a workshop on blurbs and pitches. First time we’ve done that one, so it could be really, really interesting and stressful.(grin)
However, the workshop that is the reason for this post is one in September called Character Voice. It’s an intense week of writing and study on character voice and all the ways it is created. We did this workshop earlier this spring and everyone attending made fantastic progress and say it changed their writing forever.
When your stories are bland and readers can’t tell your characters apart, you need to work on character voice. And it can be taught.
The publishing industry and reader demand is going to character voice as the most important aspect of writing. You want to see if I’m correct, just browse the books in any young adult section. They are all heavy character voice, and those readers will grow up to be adult readers wanting the same thing.
Editors are constantly saying they are looking for voice. Author voice you can’t see and only ruin with too much rewriting. It’s your personal voice. But character voice you can learn, alter from character to character. Good character voice thickens everything about your stories and makes them impossible to put down. It is possible to make your characters come alive and be memorable. There are some techniques that can be learned and practiced. And that’s what the week in September is about. Focused practice and learning how to do character voice.
We have three spots left in September 18-25 workshop. It will be limited to 12 since this is such a focused writing workshop. Kris and I just can’t read and give personal attention to more than that at this level of craft work.
If interested, e-mail me and put workshop in the subject line to avoid the spam filters.
I can’t begin to tell you how much that workshop, that week, will change your writing for the better. But be prepared to work harder on your writing than you ever have before for one week. Those who attended in the spring said it was the most intense workshop we have given outside of the master class.
And for the workshops in 2011, the list is above under the workshops tab.