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What are people saying?

  • Before I took the class, I thought “voice” to be a mysterious concept, but going through her class made it less intimidating for me—Cheryl . . . Udemy student
  • Voice is a difficult thing to explain, but Sally helps to demystify the concept. . . . I love that Sally is encouraging—Jennifer . . .  Udemy student
  • Sally . . .  knows her stuff. Her skill and competence clearly shine through in the lectures and handouts.—Deborah . . . Udemy student
  • The instruction is clear, the downloads are excellent, the instructor knows her material.—Rebecca . . . Udemy student




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Learn how to draw in agents, editors, and readers with your voice.Writing that sings: Narrative Voice for Novelists

This is part of a series of courses that will help you if you are trying to get an agent, sell to a publisher, or sell your self-published books directly to the reader. After reading thousands of queries, I’ve come to believe that four things are essential if you want your novels to sell well.

VOICE is one of those essentials. It’s the first thing we notice when we open your manuscript or book.

If you’re unpublished and having a hard time breaking in or if you’re published but having a hard time breaking out, this course will help you. You’ll get the voice lectures that I give at writers’ conference around the country, but you’ll get them at a fraction of what they normally cost. Plus, you can take them in your own home, at your own pace, you won’t have to pay for a hotel, and you’ll have lifetime access to these lectures.

You’ll also be able to ask me questions in the class forum–I will make myself available one day a week to answer any questions you have. And if you’re interested, you may enter to win a chapter critique. I’ll draw, at random, one chapter to critique each month, from all students who have submitted chapters. Then I’ll videotape my critique of the chapter–I’ll focus on voice issues–and load that video online so you can all learn from it.


What this course promises:

  • To teach you how to make your voice more interesting and compelling.

What this course does not promise:

  • That you’ll get a book contract.

Some questions this course answers:

  • What is close-third-person point of view?
  • Should I write in past tense or present tense?
  • How can I improve my narrative voice?
  • How can I use metaphors in a novel?

What are the requirements?

  • All you need is pen and paper, or a computer, and a story idea.
  • I am putting basic lectures in, so you can take this course if you know nothing about writing a novel.
  • More advanced students can skip the basic lectures.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 43 lectures and 2.5 hours of content!
  • You’ll learn what voice issues agents are noticing in the opening pages of your novel.
  • You’ll get help with snagging agents, editors, and readers!
  • Get some tips on how to choose the strongest POV for your story!
  • You’ll find out how to add snazz and pizzazz to your stories by using figures of speech!
  • You’ll discover polishing techniques to spiffy your novel up before you send it out.

What is the target audience?

  • If you want a conference-quality class without the cost and hassle of traveling to a conference, this class is for you
  • If you want to move from form rejections to personal rejections, or, better yet, to offers, this course on voice will help you
  • If you have always wanted to write a novel, this is a good course to start you out right
  • If you’ve written a novel and want to revise to take it to the next level, this course will give you some tools to help you
  • If you’re already published and getting starred reviews, then this course will be a waste of your time


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