THIS IS A WEEK-LONG SEMINAR (JULY 29 - AUGUST 2)
JOHN WRAY, Instructor
'Finding your voice' is one of the most daunting challenges confronting any aspiring writer, largely because 'voice' is not so much found as invented. A distinctive, articulate, seductive voice is essential to fiction and non-fiction alike, but each novel or short story or essay has a specific voice—or group of voices—that suit and serve it best. Over the course of our week, we'll dip into the works of some of the great virtuosi of voice, such as Virginia Woolf, Orhan Pamuk, Russell Hoban, and William Faulkner, and create a variety of voices of our own. We each 'contain multitudes,' to paraphrase Walt Whitman; let's see if they can write our fiction for us!
John Wray’s novels – The Right Hand of Sleep, Canaan's Tongue, and Lowboy – have won numerous awards. In 2007, Granta included him on its list of best American novelists under the age of 35. He also writes nonfiction for Esquire, Spin, and The New York Times Magazine. At the Cullman Center, he is working on a novel, The Lost Time Accidents, about a century in the life of a family of renegade physicists.