Judy Reeves: Language, Style & the Writer’s Voice
Workshops on Style, Craft and Techniques of Creative Writing
In this series of occasional workshops, we’ll explore the many and varied aspects of creative writing from the writer’s voice (what is it, how do you find it, and what do you do with it once you’ve discovered it?) to elements of style (sentences and other structures, telling details, show and tell), to questions of craft (plot vs. character, description vs. action, narrative strategies) and other literary nooks and crannies. Each workshop will include examples from noted writers, in-class exercises, lively dialogue exchanges and an opportunity to work with other writers in a supportive, friendly community. Each Workshop is priced separately.
Join us for the Second Workshop!
Session 2: Language, Style
& The Writer’s Voice
Sunday, April 24
10 am – 1 pm
Every story, every novel, every poem that is written is delivered to the reader in the medium of voice, and every writer, no matter what level of experience or gift of talent has his or her true, authentic voice. In this workshop, we’ll use examples from noted writers to study voice and style, then explore our own writing to identify where we’ve hit upon a groove of authenticity. We’ll do in-class exercises to discover how to use language—word by word, image by image—to strengthen our work, and how to make the familiar unfamiliar through writing in our own style, with our authentic voice. And in the doing, we’ll come to appreciate each writer’s unique voice and to celebrate and make a joyful noise with our own.
Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur whose books include A Writer’s Book of Days; Writing Alone, Writing Together; A Creative Writer’s Kit and The Writer’s Retreat Kit. Other works include two plays written with the Second Story Writers, a women’s writing ensemble; and a chapbook of poetry, The Kind of Woman She Is. Her nonfiction work has appeared in the San Diego Reader and Personal Journaling magazine where she was a columnist for three years. In addition to leading private writing workshops, Judy teaches creative writing at UCSD Extension and speaks at writing conferences internationally. She is a board member of San Diego Writers, Ink.