Phoenix Writers Network
Voice and Style
Tuesday Evenings: 2/5 - 3/12
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Voice? What exactly does that mean?
Your writer’s voice is the way you project yourself artistically. It is the expression of you on the page, your humor, your use of language, your unique view of the world. It is that elusive element that makes your writing pop.
Every writer has a natural voice, but it takes time, courage, and study to refine it. When you link your natural voice -- the writing that springs from your deepest truth -- to an understanding of craft you can take readers on a journey they will never forget. Voice is not something you can force, but it is something you can cultivate. Taking the time to focus and deliberate on it is time well spent. Examining the work of others, studying differences in tone, style, diction and syntax will enhance and deepen your own work.
Weeks One and Two – Exercises to define and develop personal voice and style
Weeks Three and Four – Sharpening the tools that will develop your personal style
Weeks Five and Six – Voice in Fiction
This class is suitable for writers of all levels of experience. It will be a mixture of direct instruction, workshop exercises, and the study of famous essays for an interactive and enjoyable experience.
The Essay Workshop
Exercises in Crafting the Personal Essay
Six Saturdays: 2/2, 2/9, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Human beings are natural storytellers, but how do we take experiences from our own lives and turn them into personal essays that sell? This class will explore the common approaches to crafting essays.
With weekly lectures and examples, recommended readings, and suggested creative exercises you will learn how to take the stuff of your own life and transform it into prose that elevates the personal to the universal.
This class is open to writers of all levels of experience.
All classes are limited to 12 participants and will be held at Workuity.
2390 E Camelback Rd Suite 130, Phoenix, AZ 85016
I am happy to work with you in a private coaching environment. Please contact me for details!
Testimonials for Susan:
“Susan masterfully presents writing technique. I loved her class.” ~Meg Smeck
"I loved taking Susan's class -- it's great for all types of writers, whether you're starting out or you just need to refresh your writing soul! It was wonderful to meet like-minded writing women and to feel the energy of people who love to share their stories. I wish she held this class weekly because I would definitely be there all the time -- Thank you for re-energizing me Susan, I got my writing mojo back!" ~Stephanie Elliot
"Susan Pohlman's "Scene Study Class" was informative and instructional. She walked the class through the elements of scene writing as she exposed us to excellent pieces of short story fiction. Her teaching style is direct and positive. I look forward to taking many more classes with her." ~Marie Derminio
"This was my first writing class. As a novice, I was concerned about others in the class being more knowledgeable and I might feel out of place. Those concerns quickly disappeared as I felt embraced by the warmth of Susan's smile and the camaraderie she created. Her teaching style is just as warm. She has the ability to deliver a large amount of information in a clear, concise and fun way. The exercises dump you into the deep end of the pool without fear of drowning and you soon realize you are not just swimming but making progress. Give yourself a gift and take this class. I am so glad I did."
“Susan teaches with passion and humor. Great for writers at any level.” ~Mary McDermott Slawsby
“For anyone interested in opening the door to that writer that lives in us all, I highly recommend Susan Pohlman's writing classes. The weekly topics and organizational breakdown of memoir writing techniques, from getting started to getting published, were easy to understand. Sue's encouraging words and positive outlook on life motivated everyone in the class.” ~Pricilla Bertling
"Susan's classes taught me to identify and analyze story elements and scenes. I now understand how to write an effective scene and how to improve the scenes I've previously written. I am in control of my storytelling in a new and wonderful way and have the tools and confidence to write the next draft of my novel." ~Windy Lynn Harris
"As a person who has worked in the administration of training for over 20 years, I want to say that Susan is a great trainer. She knows her audience, has great pacing, effective balance of formal to informal with ease, respectful and delightfully human. Susan is very relatable and authentic as well as knowledgeable..." ~ Mary O., IL
"Susan has a way of blending inspiration and spirituality with the technical aspects of writing to help evoke the emotion our readers crave. The curriculum and coaching has pushed me to take honing my craft much more seriously." Suzy D., NJ
"Susan presents both craft knowledge and creative skills training in her curriculum. I left understanding my own voice and appreciating the work of others." WH., AZ
"Susan is a wealth of information and really cares about her students." Julie O., IA