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Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Amanda McTigue


“What Voice Can Do for Your Writing”

This hands-on workshop explores techniques for finding your writer’s voice. Through presentation, short writing exercises and conversation, we’ll investigate ways in which focus begets voice. Agents, editors and publishers agree that what matters most in writing is voice.

What we will cover:

  • learn how to widen your definition of the writer’s voice
  • consider descriptions of voice
  • analyze effective expressions of voice across genres
  • explore shifts of focus that create and flavor voice
  • bring in elements of good screen writing
  • practice how to write sound
  • reinforce a commitment to process
  • distinguish listening from imitation
  • find the “how” of voice in the “what” of your material

Amanda McTigue has been a writer/consultant for Disney Entertainment and Paramount and most recently a lecturer at Sonoma State. Her debut novel Going to Solace was KRCB’s best read of 2012 and will be followed by a short story collection, This is Not Water, and novel, Monkey Bottom.

Registration Details:  Make life easy. Register before you arrive: Small Buy Now Button

      • Sign-in:  8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
      • Breakfast (full):  9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
      • General meeting:  9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
      • Workshop:  9:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
      • Zio Fraedo’s Restaurant, 611 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA.
      • Cost:  cash and check on site Members $35/Guests $45; Credit card on site $36/$46; PayPal (click “buy now”) $37/$47
      • To attend: contact Robin Gigoux at ragig (at) aol (dot) com, phone 925-933-9670, or click “buy now” for reservations.  Reservation deadline:  Wed., Oct. 8, 2014 at noon.

Events Calendar for the rest of our season

Oct. 11: Amanda McTigue, What Voice can do for your Writing

Nov. 8:  C. S. Lakin, Sizzling Scenes

Dec. 13: Three of our Own: Andrew Benzie (Top Ten Tips); Dina Coleman (Top Ten Tips on Self-Publishing); Melanie Denman (Top Ten Tips)

Jan. 10: tba

Feb. 14: Susan Shea, mystery writer

Mar. 14: Jordan Rosenfeld

Apr. 11: tba

May 9:  Young Writers Contest

June 13: tba