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Off Campus Writers' Workshop - OCWW

Ellen Blum Barish - Identifying Your Writer’s Voice

  • April 13, 2017
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL


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Identifying Your Writer’s Voice

Your writerly voice is the signature mark that you leave behind in your work; a share of your soul, and perhaps what readers remember most. What makes a writer’s voice unique and how do you find yours? How is it shaped by the work you admire? Is it similar to or different than your spoken voice? Ellen Blum Barish, editor of Thread: A Literary Publication, will talk about the elements that define voice and offer exercises to help you identify - and optimize - yours. This session will be meaningful for nonfiction, creative nonfiction, memoir and fiction writers.

Ellen Blum Barish is editor of Thread: A Literary Publication, author of a book of essays Views from the Home Office Window: On Motherhood, Family and Life, Adams Street Publishing, 2007) and her essays have appeared in a variety of literary publications. She has taught writing at Northwestern University, Ragdale and Story Studio Chicago and currently teaches personal narrative workshops and works privately with writers. For more about her background, workshop schedules and coaching, go to

Ellen will accept critiques of essays and memoirs. Please see manuscript guidelines for details. 

Registration and Socializing 9:00AM-9:30AM

Program 9:30AM-12:00 PM

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