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Mastering Voice

Mondays, May 4-May 25 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET

With the bonus below, this class will now run 9 consecutive weeks: Mondays, 3/30 – 5/25.

This 4-week intensive (May 4-May 25) is our most ambitious and exciting master class to date. Join Brooke and Linda Joy for four consecutive Mondays to learn about the inner workings of voice—its evolution from something you talk or think about to existing on the page; how it’s driven by courage and authenticity; and narrative techniques that add sophistication, complexity, nuance, and resonance to your scenes so you create intimacy and a heart connection with your reader.   

New (writing through the crisis) price: $99.

BONUS: We’re holding 5 writing sessions on Zoom—an online video conference app—leading up to the May class. We all need to be in community during these unprecedented times to support each other and to write. We will write together every week on Mondays at 4 pm PT | 7 pm ET on the following Mondays: 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27.


Itinerary:

Class 1

MAY 4: THE EVOLUTION OF YOUR VOICE—YOUR STORY, ON AND OFF THE PAGE

All memoir starts with your story, but the story that exists in your head or in your journals (or even on your blog) is different than the memoir you’ll eventually be publishing. Here we’ll talk about the secrets to good story, learning to take risks, and setting aside fears in order to write the story you need to tell.

Class 2

MAY 11: DECIDING WHAT TO SHARE AND UNDERSTANDING THE MANY LAYERS OF SELF-EXPRESSION

Here we’ll explore what voice is—your perspective, the lens through which you see your story, and the point of view you express. We’ll also talk about permission—both to share and not to share, and how to make sure you’re creating meaning and connection in your writing.

Class 3

MAY 18: FINDING THE COURAGE TO CREATE A BRIDGE FROM YOUR HEART TO THE PAGE

In this hour we’ll discuss yet another layer of voice—the opinions you have, your feelings, your reactions and biases. Embracing this level of voice and sharing typically triggers writers’ insecurities, and here we’ll discuss how to stay the course, harness your courage, and write from the heart.

Class 4

MAY 25: THE ART OF NARRATION AND HOW TO PAINT PICTURES WITH YOUR WORDS

We present three narrative voices in this class, complete with examples, in an effort to support writers to be freer on the page. We’ll take a look at the two widely known narrative “I’s”—what we call the “immediate” narrator and the “guiding” narrator, and we’ll also explore a third, the reflective narrator, who brings meaning to your story by staying clear-eyed about why what you’re sharing matters.