“Authors who pay attention to ‘getting the voice’ right in a story win over readers because they turn them into addicts. We all love strongly voiced narratives that take over our systems like a drug.“-ZZ Packer
The voice does all the work. It’s the number one reason we read; we will follow a voice anywhere it takes us on the page. This course will serve as a guide in finding your voice, and the captivating power of having a distinctive voice in our writing. In this class we will examine both creative nonfiction and fiction, which will include essays and short stories (and/or book excerpts) from writers known for their signature voice. Authors may include ZZ Packer, Otessa Moshfegh, George Saunders, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Erika L. Sanchez, Myriam Gurba, Lindy West, Samantha Irby, and others.
Each week we will discuss readings, and in turn dive into our own voice-driven writing via assigned prompts and exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to read work aloud and provide feedback to each other.
Natalie Lima is a Cuban-Puerto Rican writer, and a graduate of the MFA program in creative nonfiction at the University of Arizona. Her essays and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Longreads, Guernica, Brevity, The Offing, Catapult and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from PEN America Emerging Voices, the Tin House Workshops, the VONA/Voices Workshop, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and a residency from Hedgebrook in 2020. Her work has been included in Best Small Fictions, Best American Essays (Notable), and Best Online Essays by Entropy Magazine. Currently, Natalie is working on a collection of essays about sex and dating, and life as plus-size millennial woman. Find her on Instagram and Twitter @NatalieLima09.
Natalie's workshop reflected who she is as a person! Full of knowledge, darkness + light, with tons of humor and patience with the process. I'm so glad I attended. I cannot wait to watch her journey unfold! THANK YOU.
Natalie Lima was wonderful. She brought a real warmth and humor and showed us ways we could take difficult and traumatic moments in our lives and bring levity and humor into our writing.
I honestly would attend ANY workshop on ANY subject matter if Natalie was teaching.