When Emma asked her published writer friends what their first agent or editor said drew them to their debut novel, without exception they mentioned voice. The voice of a narrative is the interface between the reader and the story: it’s the glue that holds your reader to every page, regardless of what’s happening on there.
But how do you know if you’ve found the voice for a story, and how can you make it stronger and more compelling? How does that relate to the voices of your characters in both thoughts and dialogue? We will start by thinking about how narrative voice actually works, and go on to play with possibilities for how narrators and characters speak and think, before looking at how other writers work with voice.
You should take away a sense of how to improve the voice of your current project, what you might want to do in future projects, and a toolkit of ways to work with both.
Assistance to writers on low incomes and/or from communities under represented in publishing
We are offering a free place on each of our online tutorials and Q & A sessions for UK based writers on low incomes and/or from under represented communities in publishing.
Writers may apply for a free place on one of the sessions by contacting BPA with a short bio and a summary of their writing career to date.
Please click here to Contact BPA with your application and in the case of writers on low incomes, proof of financial eligibility such as: Jobseeker’s Allowance; Disability Benefit; Income Support; Working Tax Credit; Child Tax Credit; Proof of being a full-time student; Housing benefit; Proof of being a full-time carer.
All details will be kept confidential. Decisions on who receives the free places rest with the BPA team not the tutors.