Your Voice: Work It, Raise It, Change It

Your Voice: Work It, Raise It, Change It

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Sandra Beasley
May 8 to May 12, 2017
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1-Week Intensive


We often regard the author’s voice as having an inherent, unchangeable quality. Many writers have invoked the analogy comparing one’s voice to a fingerprint. But one person's “fingerprint” is another person’s rut, and no author should feel trapped in his or her voice.

In this one-week intensive course we will identify the voice you have, and explore ways to flex, amplify, and shift that voice on the page. This class is applicable to all genres, from fiction to nonfiction to poetry. Using six tenets of craft—point of view, tense-aspect-mood, image, sound, structure, and diction—we will pursue radical revision of existing drafts, and generate new ones. We will study inspiring models of writers with distinctive voices, meaning those who test the bounds of form and expectation. 
Following the class, each participant will receive an email with line edits on either 2-3 poems or up to 1,000 words of their choosing, a general critique of their approach to the work, and suggestions for moving forward.  
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Sandra Beasley is the author of Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir and cultural history of food allergy. Honors include a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize; distinguished writer residencies at Cornell College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the University of Mississippi; two DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships; and the Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. Her prose has appeared in such venues as the New York Times, The Washington Post and The Oxford American. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches as part of the University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program.