Making Your Writing Unforgettable: Finding the Literary Voice That Makes Your Readers Keep Turning the Pages with Connie Hale | Mechanics' Institute

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Making Your Writing Unforgettable: Finding the Literary Voice That Makes Your Readers Keep Turning the Pages with Connie Hale

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This is a class co-sponsored by MI and San Francisco Writers Conference/San Francisco Writers Foundation.

You recognize a literary voice when you read it. Some writers put words on pages in a distinctive way. But how do you move from clear, competent sentences to those that sparkle with your personality? Connie will explain the idea of literary voice and show you how your own experiments with vocabulary, tone, point of view, and sentence length will make your writing so distinctive that readers have to keep reading.

You will learn to:

  • Avoid the seven habits of ho-hum sentences
  • Use Connie’s three spectra for choosing words for maximum impact
  • Modulate phrasing and rhythm to create emotional effects
  • Play ventriloquist to help find your voice
  • Allow your sentences to echo to your meaning

Constance Hale is the author of three books on language and literary style, including the bestselling Sin and Syntax. Her eight-part series on writing sentences appears in the New York Times Opinionator section. She has also written a book on the hula, The Natives Are Restless; a story for children, ‘Iwalani’s Tree; and articles for the Atlantic, National Geographic Adventure, Afar, Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Times, and the Miami Herald.

For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend your class, please email tedwards@milibrary.org at least ten days prior to receive a refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.

Classes

Admission: 
Members $89
Public $109
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Location: 
4th Floor Board Room
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