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Writing Voice with Ronnie Scott

Discover the wonder of voice in fiction writing, what is it and why do we need it?

Voice is one of the most mysterious and most vital elements of fiction with publishers often putting out the call for 'distinctive voices'. It's related to character and style; it determines mood and tone; it influences plot and structure; and it often seems to spring from somewhere deep inside the writer. So how can fiction-writers better understand voice - how might we follow its impulses, control it when necessary, and use it to craft better fiction?

In this three-hour workshop, participants will explore the intention behind writing voice, unpack some short examples by a varied range of writers and work on discovering your unique and original voice and encourage it to come out on the page, whatever your genre or form.

Participants will:

  • Recognise the mechanics of voice in existing works of fiction
  • Read your own drafts for voice and enhance what you've written
  • Appreciate how voice is linked to elements such as mood and tone
  • Experiment and play with new approaches to voice
  • Create a plan for redrafting with voice in mind

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned writer, this workshop is perfect for you. Come prepared to write and discuss and learn how to use voice to craft.


Praise for Ronnie Scott's writing:

A very astute, very stylish and very funny novel that establishes Ronnie Scott as a tremendously gifted social portraitist. I was enthralled. MICHELLE DE KRETSER

Razor sharp and original writing that is funny and profound. Ronnie Scott is a major talent. ANNABEL CRABB

About Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott is a novelist, editor, critic and comic specialist. He published the Penguin Special Salad Days in 2014 and is the author of the acclaimed novels, Shirley and The Adversary, which was shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award and the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal.He currently teaches Creative Writing at RMIT.

Photo by Leah Jing McIntosh.


Members $88 / Non-members $140

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. Instructions will be emailed to you, please check your spam/junk folders. A recording will be available to registered participants for two weeks after the event.


—Not yet a Writers SA member? Join here for as little as $60!

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

—If you are a member of another state based writers centre or a member of SCBWI SA, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the program commencement date to get a code for the member price.

  • Starts: June 20th, 2023 6:00 PM
  • Finishes: June 20th, 2023 9:00 PM

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Writing Voice with Ronnie Scott

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