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Miles Davis once noted: “Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.” “Miles had a point,” says instructor Allison Landa. “We don’t so much find our own voice as curate it over time, sifting through a variety of craft points and influences so that we may – at long last – sound like ourselves.”
Voice doesn’t develop overnight, nor does it come to us in a dream. It takes trial, error, and experimentation. In this half-day online workshop, we’ll discuss our own voices as writers, using in-class readings to both expand and challenge our views. We'll also do a cycle of guided writing exercises to get a better sense of our own unique sounds, syntax, and sensibilities.
"By the end of our three hours together," Allison says, "you’ll walk away with clear next steps and fresh inspiration to continue the journey toward honing your singular voice."
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allison Landa is a Berkeley-based writer of fiction and memoir whose work has been featured in The Guardian US, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post, among other venues. She is the author of BEARDED LADY, a memoir forthcoming from Woodhall Press. Landa holds an MFA in creative writing from St. Mary’s College of California and runs the On the Cusp reading series in San Francisco. She is represented by Marisa Zeppieri of Strachan Literary.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, May 08, 10:00am-1:00pm
Allison was kind and courteous. She made the class fun by making it a casual conversation rather than a dry lecture, and gave generous and thoughtful comments to our writing. She also made everyone feel welcome and included.
Allison was a great instructor- and was able to respond to the needs of the participants with hugely different levels of experience in writing. I also liked the readings - they helped a lot with my learning.