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Masterclass - The Authentic Voice

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Masterclass - The Authentic Voice

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with Bella Pearson and Beverley Birch

Saturday 13th July 2019, 11am – 5pm

Scholastic Offices, London

£195

Terms such as ‘voice’, ‘tone’, ‘point of view’, ‘show, don’t tell’, are often used in criticism; novels are turned down not because the story is bad, but because of the ‘traditional style of narration’, an ‘intrusive authorial voice’, a ‘pedestrian style’, because the ‘characters don’t come alive’, because the ‘story can’t be “felt” by the reader’, etc.

But how do these elements manifest themselves in the writing? How can you make your story the one that really ‘speaks’ to the reader? One that is told in the most engaging and lively way possible, maintaining the integrity of your ideas, and through voices that are apt, authentic, consistent and interesting.

Bella and Beverley will help participants to reach a clear understanding of the effects of different approaches, their strengths and limitations, and what contributes to the kind of criticisms listed above.

About the Leaders:

Bella Pearson, formerly Publishing Director at David Fickling Books, now runs her own independent publishing house, Guppy Books. She has edited well-known authors such as Costa nominated Candy Gourlay, John Boyne, Jenny Downham and Golden Egg’s own Lisa Williamson.

Beverley Birch is a children’s author and experienced editor. She was most notably Senior Commissioning Editor at Hodder Children’s Books. Her new book, Kisiri, will be published in 2020 by Guppy Books.

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