I recently taught a class on SavvyAuthors. I called it Voice on the Page. The goal of my five-week class, which took place through a live webinar each week, was to get the writers who joined me to really write the story they absolutely believe in. The story that comes from their voice, not from craft. Craft is important and necessary. But with so many classes on craft these days, overuse has made it the vine that kills the tree. Your voice is the tree, and it is unique.
From my writers I learned that they longed to be inspired by their voices again. They taught me that writers are looking for validation of their voice, without throwing out the necessity of craft. Does this sound like you?
— Were you once thrilled to write your story but no longer feel connected to your voice?
— Do you feel faraway from the original vision you had for your story, and why you wanted to write it?
— Are you exhausted from the effort of trying to nail every craft point and push every plot twist to make your work fit the market?
If these, and more that I learned from the strong writers who studied with me on SavvyAuthors, ring true to you; if want to find joy in your writing, and trust your voice again:
Join me on a FREE webinar on SUNDAY 2 APRIL 2017 at 1.00PM Eastern Daylight Time.
The webinar will last 30-45 minutes, depending on how many people join. I invite you to
REAWAKEN TO YOUR VOICE
To join me on the webinar on April 2, fill out the contact form HERE and your place will be confirmed. (If you can’t attend you’ll receive a copy of the recording.)
A constant focus on craft will make your work feel as if your voice is no longer present in your writing, and perhaps it is not. But it is not lost. It is still with you. And Spring is the perfect time to bring your voice back to life again.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAID ABOUT VOICE ON THE PAGE
Brilliant analysis. Thank you so much. I admit I have gotten away from my origins, wordsmithing, in favor of trying to hit all the targets we are told to nail this way or that. It’s exhausting. I feel like I can never just sit down and craft. There are always a billion balls to juggle. Appreciate you and the time you took to delve into this. Helps so much.
Thank you so much for this class and all the effort you put into helping us. I truly appreciate you and your point of view. It’s been enlightening and lovely. Hope to connect again soon. Shanda M. Voice on the Page participant, SavvyAuthors 2017
This was a fantastic class! Thanks to Shelley I had some major breakthroughs. I have always struggled with revisions, and in her class I realized it was because I didn’t trust myself as a writer. With her gentle guidance, I found my inner voice again. Telling the story I want to tell, the way I want to tell it, has brought joy back to the writing experience for me! It’s been so wonderful to approach revisions with excitement, and not the dread I used to have. Wonderful class! India P. Voice on the Page participant, SavvyAuthors 2017
AFTER THE WEBINAR, WHAT NEXT?
If you would like to go further into reawakening and deepening your writing voice, you will be able to sign up for a group session limited to fifteen writers. The cost of the session will be $25 per writer and will last approximately two hours (depending on how many writers sign up). You will be asked to send in the first two pages of a current work to discuss with me during our time together.
Much of my work with writers is informed by twenty years of working with actors, who bring everything to the rehearsal room. My job then was to find the seed of what was the most important thing, the most authentic thing, in what the actor wanted to bring to the character, to keep building on that seed, and to jettison everything else. This is very much the way I approach my work with writers. Except that instead of the acting seed—what I am most interested in for writers is for them to really write the story they absolutely believe in. And to jettison everything that is unimportant and inauthentic to their vision and voice.
If you feel your knowledge of craft has created a split between you and your vision, if you want to get back to writing with your voice, without having to throw away your hard-won knowledge, please join me on Sunday, 2nd April 2017 at 1.00pm Eastern Daylight Time.
Isn’t it time to be in control of your writing again?
I look forward to speaking with you and send you Spring’s joy.
P.S. If you are new to writing, you are welcome to join the webinar.