BWW: Voice in Fiction (VF) 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 especially intimate. There will be no more than 8 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 flavour.
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 favourite 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 Saturdays/Sundays.
What is the cost?
INR 16,500/- per head including GST at 18%.
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.