Writing Voice
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Craft the Right Voice for Your Story!


In this mini-class, you'll learn how to craft a voice that merges your signature strengths with the type of story you want to tell. Carter gives detailed explanations of how your choice of perspective, sentence structure, and words influence the voice of your story.


Lesson 1: What Even Is Voice Anyway?

  • Identify Your Primary Reader
  • Identify Your Storyteller
  • Diversify Your Reading
  • Examine Your Signature Authorial Voice

Lesson 2: The Technicalities of Voice

  • Determine Your Story's Perspective
  • Explore POV Options
  • Choose a Tense

Lesson 3: The Emotional Responsibility of Voice

  • Evoke Emotion with Words
  • Improve Word Choices and Sentence Structure Connect Your Thematic Goals to Your Voice
  • Match Your Sounds to Your Story


CARTER HIGGINSCarter Higgins wrote A Rambler Steals Home, a middle-grade novel from HMH, and three picture books from Chronicle Books: This Is Not a Valentine (Lucy Ruth Cummins), Everything You Need For a Treehouse (Emily Hughes), and Bikes for Sale (Zachariah Ohora). Carter has spent over a decade as an elementary school librarian, reading thousands of books to children. Her experience has made Carter a picture book wordsmith. She looks forward to helping you develop your own wordsmithing toolkit so that you can create amazing read-aloud experiences.