Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

VOICE WEBINAR: Learn to Control Your Writing Voice

Date(s) - 11/12/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



Voice Webinar:

Learn to Control Your Writing Voice

Thursday, November 12, 2020

@7pm EST

(Lecture will be recorded and available to all registered participants.)

Editors are in consensus. “I buy voice,” they say.
Fine. Let’s learn voice.

But discussions of the writing voice are often accompanied by statements like this:
“I know voice when I hear it, but can’t tell you how to do it.”
“No one can teach voice; you either have it or you don’t.”

Voice is a craft issue that you can—and should—learn. Voice is a combination of style, grammar, word choices, sentence variety, the sounds of words, rhythm, rhyme, and how all those interact. Unique voices combine these things in unique ways.

Join Darcy Pattison for a 90-minute, lively discussion of the elements that create a unique voice, how to adapt your writing voice for each story, and how to gain control of your writing voice.

1) Verbal Music: Phonics for Writers
2) Mega-VOICE Cheatsheet

Can’t make the live session? The recording will be available for two weeks following the event.

A limited number of written critiques are available.

VOICE CRITIQUES: (at additional cost of $45) Darcy will be critiquing VOICE ONLY. Submissions are due on or before Friday, November 13, 2020. Send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis. (Include synopsis in the same document; please don’t send two documents.) Format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing.

⇒Please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.

⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.

    Example: Pattison_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS

⇒Then send your file to Kristen at The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).

Get to know your instructor:

Children’s book author and indie publisher Darcy Pattison writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. Her works have received starred PW, Kirkus, and BCCB reviews. Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, five NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book, Junior Library Guild selections, and two NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts. She’s the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature. For more, see or


This event is fully booked.