Writing with Voice
Presented by Jeff Zentner


1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
State Library

One of the most important abilities you can have when writing for teenagers (or anyone) is the ability to write with a powerful, distinctive voice. In Writing with Voice, we'll talk about what voice is, why it's important, and how you can develop it through dialogue and the voices of your characters. I'll walk participants through a dialogue-writing exercise designed to develop voice.

To register for a 2017 Louisiana Book Festival WordShop, complete this form or call 225.219.9503.

Jeff Zentner is the author of William C. Morris Award winner and Carnegie Medal longlister The Serpent King,and most recently, Goodbye Days. Before becoming a writer, he was a singer-songwriter and guitarist who recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. In addition to writing and recording his own music, he worked with young musicians at Tennessee Teen Rock Camp, which inspired him to write for young adults. He lives in Nashville.


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