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SUMMER NOVEL SERIES: Your Story, Your Voice with Toya Wolfe

$65.00

This workshop aims to identify the unique elements of a narrator’s voice, by zoning in on the specific elements of place and culture that influence how we speak.

Start Date

August 18

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Day(s) of the Week

Thursday

Location

Zoom (online)

Sessions

1

Instructor

Price

$65

In stock

Description

This class is part of our “Summer Novel Series,” a variety of single-session classes on Thursday evenings designed to tackle one element of novel writing in each class. You can take one class, pick and choose, or take all of them! You can find all other classes in the series here.


What’s the story you’ve always wanted to tell? Where does it take place? Which voices would you use to tell it? This workshop will help you generate those stories, and as a group, we will discuss your unique voice and style. We will read a few short pieces by writers who use the distinct voices of their small towns, boroughs, reservations and home countries.

Workshop Objectives:

This workshop aims to identify the unique elements of a narrator’s voice, by zoning in on the specific elements of place and culture that influence how we speak. We will utilize the works of published writers, your recollection of dialects, accents, and speech patterns from oral storytellings of your past to give your writing a specific, vibrant, voice.

During the workshop, participants will

  • Hear portions of my novel, Last Summer on State Street and we will discuss its origin story, style details and my writing process
  • Read and discuss published works
  • Generate new writing
  • Share a portion of their drafts -if comfortable
  • Participate in a Q&A near the end of the workshop

About Toya Wolfe


Toya Wolfe grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago’s South Side. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Her writing has appeared in African Voices, Chicago Journal, Chicago Reader, Hair Trigger 27, and WarpLand. She is the recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston-Bessie Head Fiction Award, the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Short Story Competition, and the Betty Shifflet/John Schultz Short Story Award. She currently resides in Chicago. Last Summer on State Street is her debut novel.