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Style and Voice Summit 2021

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About "Style and Voice Summit 2021"

Expert writers show you a clear, simple steps to master style and create an unforgettable voice on the page.

Style and Voice Summit 2021

8 Lessons

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Lesson 1:  Welcome session

An introduction to the event from me, your host, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Tech tips, ground rules and expectations, and hidden bonuses. 

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Have you ever mumbled to yourself, "I know what I want to say, but I don't know how to say it"? Of course you have. The "How" that you are missing is the style of your writing, and the style of your writing is largely determined by the structure of your sentences and paragraphs. Don Stewart will show you an amazing system to bring those crucial elements alive, by examining the best sources possible—the great authors themselves. Imagine learning how to write like J. K. Rowling, Harper Lee, David Halberstam, Malcolm Gladwell, or Tara Westover. This talk will inspire you to go back to your drafts and write infinitely better.

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Log In to View Lessons Spectacular Sentences

Want to see -- and try out for yourself -- examples of amazing, outrageous, show-stopping sentences? The author of How to Write Stunning Sentences and The Translator will guide us through some great examples of prose style -- and help us design our own

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"The Elements of Style," perhaps the most famous writing manual ever, includes a pithy recommendation: "Omit needless words." But should you adopt a minimalist writing style? We'll consider this question by looking at a range of examples drawn primarily from the realm of children's literature.

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Grammar columnist and podcaster June Casagrande will teach you to pay more attention to the words you place on the page. Learn the benefits of deliberate focus on word choice and sentence construction.

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Log In to View Lessons Character at the Sentence Level

Author and podcaster Sacha Black teaches us how style helps to create character. Learn how the "hero lens" and other tools can allow you to create vivid, specific characters with real personalities.

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What is a good first paragraph for a story? How can you win your reader's interest in that opening sentence?

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Log In to View Lessons The Author's Voice

Award-winning author Ira Sukrungruang offers guidance on narration and point of view in both fiction and memoir: learn about all the voices you didn't know you could write in.

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Author and editor Troy Lambert will give a demo of editing and rewriting to preserve author style and voice — while still preparing your manuscript for publishing (self-publishing or agent submission). 

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Log In to View Lessons Creating an Unforgettable Narrator

Novelist, screenwriter, and memoirist Amanda Boyden discusses the power of a good narrator -- and how to create one.

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In this talk, Jeff will help attendees rebuild their understanding of character voice, show them how to create an engaging and diverse cast of characters, and provide them with tools to use when they write.

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This is the ideal POV for storytelling, one that immerses your reader in the tale: not too close and not too distant.

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Log In to View Lessons On Imitation

Here's one of the most tried and tested ways to improve your writing: what the ancients called "imitation." Daniel will explain how to create a regular practice of imitation to improve your writing skills.

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This is a craft-oriented presentation that helps you develop an important aspect of your style and voice: scenes' emotional texture. In this presentation, I will provide: 1) an overview on how emotions work inside stories, 2) insights into what scenes are really made of, 3) a three-step strategy for unlocking your story’s emotions, and 4) a note on how to apply your insights to a new or existing scene. You can use my approach for EVERY scene in EVERY story you tell. 

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About the Teacher

Daniel

Daniel is the creator of the "character-first" approach and the host of his trio of annual summits. He writes a semi-daily newsletter to almost six-thousand writers around the world.

  • Hi, I started reading Jade City and I am hooked.
    I was never one for gangsta movies or books but her very first words got me:
    “The two would-be jade thieves …” What a wealth of information and intruige in this six words! It instantly hints on danger and disaster: would-be is only used for not sucessful. So I needed to read on to find out how they floundered.
    And there is even more information in it:
    -they are no regular thiefs, so they are newbies.
    Jade must be very important, if they try to steal exactly that and not ‘jewels’ or money. I am at awe here!
    By the way, my reader shows me that this novel has over 1100 pages, is that true or do I have a strange copy?
    If so, would you please also mention the chapters, Daniel? It would be easier to follow then. Thanks!

    • Chris Flocken says:

      I received the paperback edition today, which is 495 pages. Chapter 1, The Twice Lucky is page 1; Chapter 2, The Horn of No Peak on page 10; Chapter 3, The Sleepless Pillar on page 19; Chapter 4, The Torch of Kekon on page 31; Chapter 5, The Horn’s Kitten, on page 40. Since there are 57 chapters plus an Epilogue, I won’t go through the entire book.

  • allisongailb says:

    I’m really liking Jade City so far. I’m on the second chapter.

  • I enjoyed the start of Jade City and had to stop myself reading beyond two chapters. It was so easy to read I underestimated the skill in the way the dialogue was written. A lesson well learned.

  • Hello Daniel I am an aspiring screenwriter who wants to learn and writer character-driven screenplay. I want to have a deep and thorough understanding of characters, character development and character arc.
    Please directed me to the appropriate place.
    Thank you

  • miriam.landor says:

    Intrigued by your comment on the importance of mid-point in Midnight Library… I’m writing a memoir/ family history so didn’t think this could apply to my work – but maybe it does???

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