Christine Sneed -
The Writer's Voice
In this craft lecture, we'll examine aspects of voice in fiction, which the novelist Alice LaPlante defines as "the specific way that a writer expresses him or herself in writing, depending on decisions he or she makes about style, technique, and the material he or she chooses to explore."
Key elements related to voice are tone, characterization and point of view, and we'll look at different examples from published work by several contemporary writers and will discuss the choices they've made in order to create characters with specific and memorable voices in their stories. Christine will accept manuscripts for critique. Please see manuscript guidelines.
Christine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts, as well as the story collections Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry and The Virginity of Famous Men.
She has been published in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, New England Review, and a number of other periodicals. Her books have received AWP’s Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, Ploughshares' Zacharis prize, the Society of Midland Authors Award, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, Book of the Year from the Chicago Writers Association.
Sneed is the director of MA/MFA creative writing program at Northwestern University and she’s on the fiction faculty of the Regis University low-residency MFA program.
9-9:30 AM registration and socializing
9:30-12 PM program