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Creative Writing: Voice

Fiction Writers

(William Sander "The Undiscovered")  http://www.scribd.com/doc/45438278/william-sanders-the-undiscovered

(Cormac McCarthy Blood Meridian excerpt--scroll down for segment)  http://www.sheilaomalley.com/?p=7913

Subject Guide


(What is Voice?)  http://paulettealden.com/articles/voice-lessons-2/


http://www.languageisavirus.com/articles/articles.php?subaction=showcomments&id=1099111175#.VyezrPny61s (exercises)

VOICE assignment

VOICE—This week, you will imitate the writing STYLE of another, more famous, writer.  Write your own characters/story line/poem ideas.  Just use the voice of someone else: study sentence structure, word choice, tone, choices of details, description, images, and perspective.  Analyze his or her writing: how does the writer get that feeling of being himself or herself?  Try to copy it.  Do the best you can.  Yes, this is a hard assignment.  Attach  a 1 or 2 page sample of the writer that you’ve chosen to copy (part of a book chapter, short story, poem, or screenplay) and this will be part of everyone’s workshop.  When you critique the work of your peers, you will need to evaluate the success of the imitation.




--You may look almost exclusively at language, but you may also want to consider other       elements. Find a poem that is unlike anything you would think of writing, imitate, and attach.

                -- 1 substantial poem


                --Write a scene in this voice.  You may be able to use it later in a dream sequence or

some other altered state that your character experiences. Attach one or two pages of the original.

                --2-5 page scene

Creative Non-fiction

                --Write a scene in this voice. (How would that writer tell your story?)  Use real information.         You may be able to use it later, or you may have to translate the scene back into you own   voice for the final. Attach 1 or 2 pages of the original.

                --2-5 pages


--Writing in the voice of another play or screenplay writer, write a scene with strong narrative control or dialogue stylings that imitate another more famous work. Attach two pages of the original to your work.

--4-6 pages