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CW 06 — Finding Your Writer's Voice

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 4 days
Date(s): Oct 16—Oct 24
Time: 10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 16
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $340
Instructor(s): Marisa Handler
Limit: 21
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
Please Note: Class sessions: Saturdays, October 16 and October 23, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (PT); Sundays, October 17 and October 24, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Fall
Live Online(About Formats)
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—12:30 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Oct 16—Oct 24
4 days
Refund Date
Oct 16
1 Unit
Fees
$340
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Marisa Handler
Limit
21
Recording
Yes
Closed
Please Note: Class sessions: Saturdays, October 16 and October 23, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (PT); Sundays, October 17 and October 24, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
We begin by discovering our voice; we study writing to develop our voice; we read in book reviews of a fresh voice, a strained voice, a confident voice. The writer’s voice: To what degree is it innate, to what constructed? How do we as writers cultivate a voice both authentic and compelling? In this course, we’ll bring a keen eye to issues surrounding the writing voice. We’ll explore how narrative voice influences or determines other craft elements, such as language and character. We’ll discuss how voice is itself a potent vehicle of meaning. And we’ll do exercises designed to enable you to cut out the literary and cognitive “deadwood” that may be obstructing your most authentic and compelling voice. We’ll be reading story and essay excerpts from Nathan Englander, George Saunders, Toni Morrison, David Foster Wallace, Annie Dillard, Jesmyn Ward, Sara Suleri, and Barry Lopez. You will emerge from this course with a significantly stronger sense of your own writing voice, as well as how to render it effectively on the page.

MARISA HANDLER
Author

Marisa Handler is the author of the memoir Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist, which received a Nautilus Gold Award. Her essays, fiction, journalism, and poetry have appeared in The Sun, Orion, Salon, Witness, Kosmos, and five80split. Handler received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and numerous fellowships in creative writing, including a Fulbright, and an Elizabeth George Foundation grant.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) Thaisa Frank, Dorothy Wall, Finding Your Writer's Voice (ISBN 0312151284)