the Use of Voice in Your Prose
with Seth Fischer in Miracle Mile
7:30 to 9:30 pm
August 8 to September 12, 2019
At some point in their lives, most writers are told that they need to “find their voice.” In this six-week workshop, we start from the idea that there is not one mysterious voice to find. Rather, voice is distinct in each story and, over their careers, writers will have to master countless voices. They will also need tools to improve the potency of these voices while making them consistent in larger works. In this class, we will engage in exercises to help authors experiment with writing in different voices, and we will also discuss ways to track and measure voice—including rhythm, diction, detail, syntax, and tone. During the last three weeks, students will bring in their own work to receive feedback in a traditional workshop setting, with a special emphasis on voice. This course is open to beginning and experienced writers of fiction and creative nonfiction.
The workshop will be held at Kleverdog in Chinatown, where wine, sparkling water, and the occasional gourmet snack will be served.
Enrollment limit: 8 students
$350 for new students; $320 for returning students.
(Payment plans available to returning students.)
Seth Fischer is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown and was the first Sunday editor at The Rumpus. His writing has appeared in Guernica, Joyland, Gargoyle, Best Sex Writing, and other journals and anthologies. His essay “Notes from a Unicorn” was also selected as notable in The Best American Essays 2013, and he was awarded residencies at Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, and elsewhere. He is also a professional developmental editor of novels and memoirs, editing books that have been or will be published by FSG, MIT Press, Cornell University Press, Rare Bird Lit, and others. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where he also teaches.
“I’ve taken writing workshops with many talented and prestigious people. Seth Fischer ranks up there with the best of them. His funny, warm, and self-effacing personality creates a relaxed creative atmosphere. Seth doesn’t merely critique our work, he pairs relevant readings with constructive and detailed methods we can use to improve it. By actually demonstrating these methods in class, Seth involves us all in the editing process and makes the prospect of revision a lot less lonely and daunting. I trust Seth as a teacher because he is both generous and rigorous. He’s always reading, writing and carefully studying texts to see how they work, and he brings that insight to his teaching. Highly recommended!” —Jocelyn Heaney
“I’ve been the biggest novice in Seth Fischer‘s workshops but I keep coming back because of the encouraging environment he creates. We all have a story to tell. Seth helps you tell it.” —Pedro Torres
“Seth Fischer has been a really valuable part of my growth as a writer. His familiarity with contemporary memoirs enables him to choose readings that help me to see the various ways I can tell my story. He’s generous, funny and his criticism of my work is always done in a nurturing and supportive manner with notes that give me the tools to fix it. Seth has instilled in me the belief that it really is possible for me to see my work in print one day, that’s amazing. Thank you, Seth!” —Candace Wilson Culp
“I recently finished Seth Fischer‘s Nonfiction II class and had a completely positive experience. Seth has an amazing eye for structure and a gift for identifying how to improve a story regardless of the writing level of the author at hand—which is no small feat. I am not exaggerating when I say that he is the editor I have been waiting to meet for years. I will definitely take another of his classes. As for the workshop structure, of course there will be some variation depending on who signs up for your particular class; our group was great.” —MR Branwen