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August 27, 2022 / 9am-3pm via Zoom

Want to immerse your readers in your story from page one to the end? Want readers eager to read your next book and the next and the next? That’s Voice! For many popular authors creating an engaging, evocative, and enthralling Voice seems effortless. But try to evaluate your own voice? It’s hard to tell what makes it special…and how to capitalize on our natural strengths.  

Julie Rowe, author of more than twenty contemporary romance and military thriller titles will provide information, insight, and writing exercises designed to showcase your voice. Julie will also work one on one with you on the first 5 pages of your Work In Progress.


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More About the Workshop and Julie Rowe

What you will learn:

  • the seven key elements that make up an author’s unique voice: emotion, core story/theme, setting & description, pacing, conflict, characterization, and mechanics.
  • Writing exercises to give you the tools to refine, polish, and even change your Voice. 
  • The rules of writing: how to use them and when to break them.
  • Editing and revision techniques to help you add power to your voice.

Who should take this course:

  • Beginning writers who want to discover their voice.
  • Intermediate writers who want to focus on their strengths and power up their voice.
  • Experienced writers who want to power up their voice or change it slightly to suit a new genre.
Course Overview

Lesson one: What is Voice?

  • Definition of Voice 
  • Voice examples from well-known authors
  • First page evaluation and discussion

Lesson two: Emotion

  • Connecting emotionally with the three distinct audiences of every story: 
    • The author, 
    • the characters
    • the reader
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson three: Core Story / Theme

  • Discover your personal theme
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson four: Setting & Description – 

  • Using setting purposefully and effectively 
  • Description describing the environment is a critical element of Voice.
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson five: Pacing – 

  • An art of its own and a crucial factor in any writer’s Voice.
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson Six: Conflict – 

  • What do the characters want and why can’t they have it.  Deep, difficult conflict brings your Voice to life.
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson Seven: Characterization – 

  • Who you choose to write about and how you develop them is a pivot point of your Voice.
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Lesson eight: The rules of writing / Mechanics – 

  • It’s not just understanding the rules of writing, it’s how you chose to use and when you decide to break them.
  • Multiple writing exercises and discussion

Participants will see specific examples of how all these elements work in the distinctive voices of various authors. Writing exercises will follow the discussion of each ingredient.  These exercises will give participants the tools to refine, polish, and — depending on the kind of writing they want to pursue — possibly even change their Voice.

Julie Rowe
Julie Rowe

Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She is the author of the Biological Response Team series, The Outbreak Task Force series, and the Trapped with Him series.

What people are saying about Julie’s Workshops:

Julie’s teaching technique is informative and applicable. She doesn’t use a cookie-cutter process. Julie spends the time to learn about each of her students and gives each person individualized help. I took away more ideas and tools than any other class I’ve attended in a long while.

Julie’s style of teaching is exactly what I needed in this class. Rather than writing 500 words and having your work topographically examined, Julie makes you dig deep into your story. What are you writing? Why are you writing it? What message are you trying to get across to the reader? Every novel needs suspense. Julie helps you dig it out from within your own words. No matter your genre, you need to take this class!

I am so glad I found this course. I had done some preliminary work on a thriller but was having trouble finding the ‘heart’ of my story and consequently, everything I tried fell short. Along comes Julie with her way of making you look at your story, characters, etc., from a different angle. Take this course! No matter your genre, your writing will improve.