Find your voice in creative non-fiction with Pip Desmond
Writing in the first-person ‘I’ voice is common in creative non-fiction, not only in memoir but when writers tackle wider subjects too. At first glance it seems relatively easy to tell a story from our own point of view. There’s no one we know better than ourselves. The facts are already established. Surely all we have to do is arrange them in a logical order and add a few thoughts.
But when we sit down to write, we discover it’s not that simple. Every story requires a unique ‘I’, and finding that ‘I’ is the key to unIocking the story. If we know who is speaking, we will be clear about why we are speaking and what we have come to say.
In this session you will learn:
- why every first-person story requires a unique ‘I’ to tell it
- how the ‘I’ transforms the raw material of a situation into the emotional essence of the story
- essential characteristics of the ‘I’ voice
- ethical considerations that will strengthen our voice
The session will draw on Vivian Gornick’s book, The Situation and the Story, examples from other writers and my own experience. You’ll stop several times to reflect on what we’ve learned in relation to your own writing. At the end of the session I’ll provide a suggested reading list so you can continue your search for your own unique voice.
This course is part of our Launchpad series and is suitable for any creative non-fiction writer struggling to find the right ‘I’ to tell a story or considering whether to use the first-person voice.
Please note that you will be able to access the course for 90 days from the day you sign up.
Filming and editing by Clinton Phillips.