Our February Intensive for Makers Self-Study and Makers Pro is Writing Voice with Carter Higgins. We have a sales page up now for anyone else who’d like to purchase it.

Carter’s Background


Some of the coolest people I know are librarians. Carter has worked as an elementary school librarian, and she’s also an Emmy-winning visual effects and motion graphics artist. Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content represents her children's books. I enjoy reading her blog about picture books at Design of the Picture Book.


Carter’s Books


Her debut, A Rambler Steals Home, is a MG novel that has friendships, family stories, and baseball. You can listen to an interview with Carter and Matthew Winner on All the Wonders if you’d like to get to know more about her and this book.



She has two picture books published: Everything You Need for a Treehouse and This is NOT a Valentine. Her third picture book, Bikes for Sale, will be available on April 2!



Carter’s Intensive and Intensive Review


Writing Voice with Carter Higgins covers what voice is, the technicalities of voice, and the emotional responsibility of voice. Carter discusses the importance of identifying your primary reader and what connects them to your story. She goes over the difference between character voice and authorial voice, using this darling photo juxtaposition of Beverly Cleary and her character, Ramona.



Carter details the strengths of different points of view and tenses because those are also part of the voice of one’s story. Word choice, sentence structure, imagery all have roles in determining voice. But my favorite part of Carter’s lessons were the action items, the assignments, she gave us to apply what she’d taught to our own manuscripts. I suspect we’ll be discussing those at the Intensive Review (the live workshop) she’s teaching on February 23.


Giveaway Details


This book giveaway is open to international participants. The winner can choose one book—any book—of Carter’s from this post. To enter, you must tell me which book you’d choose in the comments of this post. For additional entries, you can share the post on social media and post a link to where you’ve shared in the comments (preferably as a comment to your original comment so that all of your entries are grouped together).


Go ahead and ask questions in the comments and interact with each other, but I won’t count those as entries.


I’ll close the contest at midnight PST on February 18 and announce a winner on February 20. Thanks for reading and sharing!