The best memoirs and personal essays convey emotional complexity, and what anchors readers is your voice. But will a whimsical aside in a serious essay throw readers off? Or maybe that funny turn in an otherwise tragic scene misrepresents our material.
Taking those risks is the key to capturing the full depth and texture of our lived experiences. It takes skill and practice to craft a voice that’s nimble and confident enough to hit a range of emotional notes. How do writers “stretch” their voices to account for nuance and personality, while bringing readers along for the ride?
In this webinar, we’ll explore techniques nonfiction writers use to achieve tonal richness. Factors like the choice of material, arrangement of details, sentence structure, and willingness to get honest all contribute to a flexible voice, and we’ll dig into some brief textual examples to see how they work.
You’ll leave with targeted advice for negotiating emotional nuance in your material, along with some writing exercises to keep your voice limber.
In this webinar, you will:
• EXPLORE techniques for sliding and pivoting between emotional modes
• LEARN approaches for expanding a story’s tonal range, both in choosing material and crafting the work sentence to sentence
• CONSIDER passages by writers who deftly capture a range of feelings in a few words
This webinar is ideal for personal nonfiction writers at all levels who want to navigate emotional nuance in their work with confidence.
Closed captioning is available. ✔
All registrants receive the recording. ✔
DORIAN FOX is a writer and freelance editor whose essays and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Brevity, The Rumpus, Gay Magazine, Booth, The Pinch, Short Reads, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. His work has also been honored in competitions including the Curt Johnson Prose Awards, Atticus Review’s Flash CNF Contest and the SmokeLong Quarterly Comedy Prize. He lives in Boston and teaches creative writing courses through GrubStreet and Pioneer Valley Writers’ Workshop.
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