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Writing in the Child’s Voice

August 26, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (one session)
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205


This course will take a close look how to effectively use the child narrator when writing personal narrative or fiction. Using textual examples, we’ll look at what kinds of situations or scenes are best told from the child’s point of view, and examine how to keep the child’s voice authentic. We’ll experiment with how to ease between the child’s viewpoint and the adult narrator looking back. Using prompts, we’ll practice writing the same scene from different viewpoints, and we’ll write some of our own childhood memories, paying attention to some of the techniques we’ve studied in the texts. Although this class focuses on personal narrative texts, fiction writers will also find these techniques effective.

Texts Used:
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T. Kira Madden, Solito by Javier Zamora, and The Part That Burns by Jeannine Ouellette.

Access Program
We want our writing classes and Delves to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class and Delve tuitions at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you have questions.

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Writing in the Child's Voice
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Naomi Ulsted

Naomi Ulsted writes young adult fiction, memoir and screenplays. Her young adult novel, The Apology Box, was published through Idle Time Press in December 2021. The book was a finalist in the Next Generation Indies Today contest, and a runner-up in the Indies Book Award competition. Naomi’s stories and personal essays have been published in Narratively, Mud Season Review, and Full Grown People, among others. She was the 2018 recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts fellowship. She’s a member of AWP, SCBWI, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and Willamette Writers. Naomi lives on the Oregon coast with her husband and two children. For more information, links to published material and to check out Naomi’s blog, visit her website at www.naomiulsted.com.
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