Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Singing In the Rain or I'm Speaking at the SCBWI WWA Meeting Tonight

I'm off today for the big city to talk about VOICE!

Here's the blurb...

SINGING IN THE RAIN: ONE SEATTLE WRITER TALKS ABOUT HOW TO TUNE YOUR VOICE, with Jolie Stekly. We hear it over and over from editors and agents, “I’m looking for a strong voice.” And not only that, but “I know it when I see it.” But what does that mean? How do you know you have it? And how can you make yours stronger? In this interactive and rollicking session, Jolie will use music to define and discuss what voice is, and how to tap more clearly into yours so that you can make your writing sing and strike a chord with readers. Come prepared to warm and stretch your own vocal abilities, but Jolie promises she won’t make anyone stand up and belt out a tune.

And I follow this amazing trio:

THE ABCs OF CRAFTING A CAREER IN YA, with Lisa Schroeder, Liz Gallagher, and Jen Bradbury. Lisa, Liz, and Jen share their journey on writing successful YA, focusing on the importance of craft, wisdom about agents and editors, and the differences between a commercial and literary approach. Lisa is the author of FAR FROM YOU and I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME; Liz is the author of THE OPPOSITE OF INVISIBLE; and Jen is the author of SHIFT.

You can find us here:
Our Professional Series Meetings take place at Seattle Pacific University - Demaray Hall, Room 150. Registration at 6:45 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m. Get Map and Directions here. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. To see the complete meeting line-up, please visit our Monthly Meetings page.

I hope I see some of you there!

I have made this as complicated for myself as possible: adding in technology and music. Crossing my fingers it all goes as planned and that my tongue and brain cooperate.


C. N. Nevets said...

Good luck! Remember, if your technology acts up, it can always be smashed against a brickwall later for post-talk satisfaction.

Kirby Larson said...

I can't wait, Jolie!

Kelly H-Y said...

Oh, how I wish I still lived up in Seattle!!! You'll do great!!

Niconixie said...

I know the technology rebelled, but your voice and your message were perfect! Thanks for talking about the importance of music in the creative proccess...I am also a musician as well as an aspiring author/illustrator! Your talk was right on!

holly cupala said...

You were fantastic, Jolie! I'm so glad I braved the ice to come hear you and the fabulous voice clips - brilliant analogies! I look forward to the writing exercise. xo

Erika Parker Price said...

Thanks for a great talk Jolie. I loved the idea of listening as a writer - and now I can think I'm "writing" or at least "preparing to write" while driving around with my boys listening to Nickelback, U2, or Pink...

Cuppa Jolie said...

Thank you, everyone, for all those lovely pre and post talk comments!

And, Nevets, smashing may have to happen. Those in attendance know I had not only a tech challenge but a time challenge.

Nico, Holly, and Erika -
Your words mean a lot to me. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

I look forward to doing several posts on this topic.