Craft the Right Voice for Your Story

Revise for Better Words and Sentences

What You’ll Learn

Your Choices Determine the Quality of Your Story's Voice 
You may have been told that a great writing voice is something you either have, or you don't have. But while your writing will carry signature characteristics that are uniquely yours, you can learn to use that as a strength and make more informed choices. 

Voice is really all about the choices that you and your characters make. You can make those choices on autopilot. Or you can learn to make deliberate choices that support the kind of story you want to tell. You can choose how a story feels. 

That's better than writing on autopilot, right?

Learn how to strategize and revise for voice. Identify your primary reader and your storyteller. Then you can figure out what connects the two of them.

Choose Your Story's Perspective Deliberately
When you’ve finished this intensive, you’re going to understand why you'd choose first person, second person, or third person point-of-view to tell a story. In fact, Carter Higgins will even break those POVs down into more choices and give examples from published picture books. 

You'll understand the pros and cons of present and past tense.

Let’s face it: There are a lot of different ways a writer can tell a story. Having someone break down how to use the different POVs and tenses can help you determine the best way to tell your story.

Wordsmith Your Lines for Maximum Effect
In this intensive, Carter will explain how a lot of the finishing touches you might reserve for your final revisions affect the voice of your story. She'll show you how to make better word choices based on sounds and your character's experience. You'll craft better sentences. And you'll come away with a better understanding of how tone, latitude, and imagery can make a difference in your voice.

From Carter's detailed advice on choosing your story's perspective to her examples of imagery and sound affects, we believe this intensive is one that you'll turn to for instruction and inspiration over and over again.

ABOUT THIS INTENSIVE:

In this intensive, you'll learn how to craft a voice that merges your signature strengths with the type of story you want to tell. 

Carter gives detailed explanations of how your choice of perspective, sentence structure, and words influence the voice of your story.

YOUR STORY COACH:

Carter Higgins is the author of a A Rambler Steals Home (HMH) and three picture books from Chronicle Books: This is Not a Valentine (Lucy Ruth Cummins), Everything You Need For a Treehouse (Emily Hughes), and Bikes for Sale (Zachariah Ohora). She is an Emmy-winning visual effects and motion graphics artist and spent a decade as an elementary school librarian. She writes about picture books and graphic design at her blog, Design of the Picture Book. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @carterhiggins.

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Intensive Details

In this 78-minute intensive, you'll learn how to craft just the right voice for the story you want to tell. 

Lesson 1
What Even Is Voice Anyway?

Identify Your Primary Reader
Identify Your Storyteller
Diversify Your Reading
Examine Your Signature Authorial Voice

Lesson 2
The Technicalities of Voice

Determine Your Story's Perspective
Explore POV Options
Choose a Tense

Lesson 3
The Emotional Responsibility of Voice

Evoke Emotion with Words
Improve Word Choices and Sentence Structure Connect Your Thematic Goals to Your Voice
Match Your Sounds to Your Story

Frequently Asked Questions

Voice is a combination of choices made by the author. You choose the POV and tense for your story. You can also improve your word choices and sentence structure through revision. 

You don't want to talk down to kids. Listen to find out what they really sound like. Then you can improvise from there. 

It's important to write in a voice that kids recognize, a voice that rings true for them. If the voice sounds like an adult telling them what they should do, they won't find that appealing.

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