Finding your voice

Local writer and SOU creative-writing instructor, Vincent Craig Wright is helping writers focus on their unique creative voice with his upcoming workshop “You Already Have a Voice.” The workshop will show writers how to find, develop and embrace their distinct style, personality or viewpoint in a piece of writing or other creative work.

Finding your voice and giving yourself the freedom to say things in your own way isn’t always easy. Wright’s workshop is a chance to discover those unique aspects of your own writing voice, enrich your work and give that essay, poem or novel a personal stamp. It’s also a chance to learn from an expert with a stand-out writing voice of his own. Wright is a nationally acclaimed short story writer and song writer, with a fun teaching style and loads of insight. He says he wants people use what they already have and be proud of who they are as writers. “I try and empower people to indeed write the way they talk, or at least somewhat. I want them to understand that in the uniqueness of their way of communicating lies art,” Wright says.

The workshop is at the Central Point City Hall Council Chambers on Saturday, November 1, with a morning presentation from 10 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon presentation from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wright says the afternoon workshop will include discussion, writing exercises and revision work so bring a writing device, paper and 2-4 pages of recent work. “The exercises and talk will help us explore what we have and what can be,” he said. “I think it will benefit writers of all sorts.”

Co-founder of the Institute of New Writing in Ashland, Wright also has current work in “Fourteen Hills” and “The Harvard Advocate,” and upcoming work in “Solstice Magazine.” He is the author of the short-story collection “Redemption Center,” and has written songs for HBO with Megatrax, and performed all over the country.

The Central Point City Hall council chambers are located at 140 S. 3rd St., Central Point.
The morning presentation is free for members and $10 for visitors. The afternoon workshop is $30 for members, $35 for visitors or $40 dollars for both morning and afternoon.

Pre-registration for the afternoon workshop is requested at soww77@gmail.com.

For more information visit http://willamettewriters.com/southernoregon/2014/10/you-already-have-a-voice-with-vincent-craig-wright/

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