BWW: Voice in Fiction (VF)

BWW: Voice in Fiction (VF) (previously called BWW: Minority Report) is a five-week course that deals with writing voice in fiction. In this course, you will learn about the four elements of voice. Voice in fiction is what gives your writing its distinctive quality. Since VF is a dynamic class that is structured around individual thought and creations, this class is kept specially intimate. There will be no more than 6 students in this workshop. 


What is Voice in Fiction?

Voice in Fiction (VF) is a creative writing program. It is structured around the four elements of writing voice in fiction. It helps participants identify and strengthen voice, a crucial element in fiction.


What do we mean by ‘writing voice?’
Voice is what makes your writing unique, what gives it its distinctive flavor.


Who is it targeted at? 

This course is for writers who are past graduates of the BWW Classic course who are working on adding nuance to their writing, and fine-tuning their writing voice. BWW: Voice in Fiction is a workshop aimed at intermediate writers who want to focus on honing their writing voices further. 

 

Note: If you are new to writing and don't have a particular interest in any genre, style, or form as yet, we recommend you try the BWW: Classic.

Should you apply for the BWW Voice in Fiction course and haven't done the BWW Classic, your application will be considered for the BWW Classic by default. 

But I already know about plot, character, and dialogue. What is voice going to add to what I know?
Good question. Plot, character, and dialogue are all important aspects of telling a good story. Voice is an overarching element and it can influence the way all the other elements are handled. In its overarching quality, voice is what gives your writing its distinctive 'flavour'. Voice is also the element by which we most recall a favorite writer. For instance, we may say the writings of Roald Dahl have a dark, addictive voice whereas the writings of Virginia Woolf have an intense, stream-of-consciousness voice. Each voice serves the author’s unique vision. Voice is the element that comes closest to aligning with a writer’s personal vision as an artist.


Will this course strengthen my fundamentals? 
No. VF will not school you in the craft of writing: story, character, dialogue. That’s what the BWW Classic (8-week course) is for.   


What is the methodology? 
VF introduces you to four elements of voice and through them enables you to strengthen the voice of your narrator as well as your own voice as a writer. You will work on a combination of theory, exercise, analyses of texts and assignments. Every week involves a writing assignment. 


What is the duration? 
15 hours. Five 3-hour sessions across five consecutive Sundays.


What is the cost? 
INR 11,500 per head. 


Recommended Reading for the Course:

2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C Clarke

American Psycho, Brett Easton Ellis 

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo  

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley 

Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Truman Capote 

Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky 

Disgrace, J M Coetzee 

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, Robert Stevenson

Fiesta, Ernest Hemingway 

Focus, Arthur Miller

From Hell, Alan Moore And Eddie Campbell

Heart Of Darkness, Joseph Conrad 

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote 

In The Skin Of A Lion, Michael Ondaatje 

Intimacy, Hanif Kureishi 

Keep The Aspidistra Flying, George Orwell 

Lady Chatterley’s Lover, D H Lawrence 

Manhattan Transfer, John Dos Passos 

Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides  

Miss Lonelyhearts, Nathanael West 

Myra Breckenridge, Gore Vidal 

Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck 

On The Road, Jack Kerouac

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson 

Portnoy’s Complaint, Philip Roth  

Ragtime, E L Doctorow 

Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates 

Slaughterhouse-five, Kurt Vonnegut 

The Book of Laughter And Forgetting, M. Kundera 

The Catcher In The Rye, J D Salinger 

The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald 

The Killer Inside Me, Jim Thompson 

The Killing Joke, Alan Moore And Brian Bolland 

The Outsider, Albert Camus 

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid 

The Silence Of The Lambs, Thomas Harris 

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe 

Transmetropolitan, Warren Ellis And Darick R. 

Ubik, Philip K Dick 

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee

 

Note: You don't need to have read all these books to apply for the workshop. 

However, you will enjoy this workshop more if you have read them.