See the NaperWriMo wiki page on Finding your writer's voice and the NaperWriMo blog post about the Octobe 31st event. Although our first workshop is now history, the attendee response and interest from some who were not able to attend make it likely that we will hold another one of these events in January (nanomail me your e-mail address so I can keep you informed).
All participants: please make sure I have your e-mail addresses so we can get information to you in a timely fashion without having to nanomail you one by one.
Also, please start clipping out images that might lead to story ideas (but don't start thinking of story ideas just yet!). If you want to do this online, keep track of the image URLs and I'll send you a picture engine to use to capture them (I'll print out the results to bring to the workshop).
What to bring
- yourself! Please be on time: 1:30 pm. I'll be on-hand by 1 pm this Sunday.
- 10-20 picture images (clipped out or printed from online sources; PG-13 or better rating. Or you can use the online engine to note these and I'll print them out)
- writing implement and paper or laptop (whichever you prefer)
- extension cords + power strip (optional)
- snacks (optional)
Where to go
Eola Road Branch of the Aurora Public Library inside the Eola Commnity Center building in Aurora.
Oct 31st Workshop Participants
- Patton Pooch
4 indicated interest but didn't attend
- Fates Temptation
Only available Oct 23
IMPORTANT NOTE: October 23rd session has been cancelled (never received e-mail from barbg)
Wikipedia defines Writer's Voice this way:
Writer's voice is the literary term used to describe the individual writing style of an author. Voice was generally considered to be a combination of a writer's use of syntax, diction, punctuation, character development, dialogue, etc., within a given body of text (or across several works). Voice can be thought of in terms of the uniqueness of a musical voice. As a trumpet has a different voice than a tuba or a violin has a different voice than a cello, so the words of one author have a different sound than the words of another. One author may have a voice that is light and fast paced while another may have a dark voice.
This summer I attended an excellent workshop at DucKon 19, the science fiction convention in DuPage county: Finding Your Voice: Fan Mail From The Future, presented by Jennifer Stevenson. A two hour workshop, this one was fascinating from the get go and very intense.
The main exercise involved rapidly writing a series of short, short stories (writing time severely constrained), with very little time (15 seconds) in between each story. Participants were organized into small groups which afterwards picked out things they noticed and liked (positive feedback only; thus the "fan mail" reference). There were other parts to the workshop, but this was the main one of note. Impressively, each of us emerged from the workshop feeling like we had a much better understanding of our writer's voice.
We are now thinking of adding a workshop (still need to find a venue and to decide whether to go ahead with this). Unlike other workshops, this one will require people to sign up/commit ahead of time so we can make the decision about whether to move forward and where to hold it.
Jennifer limited her workshop to fifteen people; this seems like an appropriate upper limit (though maybe we can stretch it a little if there is interest). I think we will repeat this offering in January, when we kick-off the Journey (our year-round writing group).
Disclaimer: even though I experienced her workshop and took detailed notes, I don't believe what we will be holding is the equivalent of what she did (she is, after all, an experienced professional writer). That being said, I am confident that between Katherine (who did this a year ago) and myself we can make this a worthwhile workshop for all participants.
We're currently looking at 1:30-3:30 pm, Sunday, October 31st (this should hopefully be an early enough ending for people to go handle trick-or-treaters). Please indicate in your replies in this thread whether you are interested and whether you can commit to attending this session(two separate questions).
I'll keep a list based on order of responses (in case we need to make a waitlist). Note that there are already some names on the list (from the Journey). Those able to commit will be placed ahead of those who are possible/maybe attending.----------