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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 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."



    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.

  1. Saturday, January 18, 10:00am-1:00pm


Saturday, January 18, 2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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