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The Drescher Library Presents: "Into the LibraryVerse" Writing Workshop

Introduction

In this session, you will learn about narrative styles and tips on finding your voice as a writer. Viewers will also have an opportunity to apply what you have learned through fun, interactive exercises. 

In the section below, you will find two short videos covering the following.

  • Video 1 - 4 Types of Narrative Writing (6:45)
  • Video 2 - 5 Steps To Find Your Writers Voice (5:30)

Click through using the left or right-hand arrow on the screen to access all of the videos.


 


 

Supplementary Materials and Exercises

In this section, we include additional resources for you to learn more about narrative writing and tips on how to find your unique voice as a writer. We provide exercises that will help you apply what you've learned. Click through using the left or right-hand arrow on the screen to access all of the resources and exercises. 

  • Exercise 1: Point of View

    • Create a scene between two or more characters. In this scene, describe the entire scene from each character’s perspective. (ex. Imagine seeing a couple arguing in public, try to write the scene from each of the couples’ point of view, as well as an onlooker’s perspective).

  • Exercise 2: First, Second or Third Person

    • Pick a fairytale or children’s story you are familiar with, and write a scene from the story using a First-Person perspective (using I and We as the personal pronouns). 

    • When you are finished with that, take the scene and write it again, this time using a Second Person perspective (using You as the personal pronoun). 

    • Finally, take the same scene and write it again from a Third Person perspective (using He, She, and They as personal pronouns). 

  • Exercise 3: Create A Three-Word Tagline

    • Netflix now uses a three-word tagline to describe and categorize its movie offerings. For example, the series The Crown has the three-word tagline 'Lavish. Intimate. Period Piece', while The Matrix’s tagline is 'Mind-bending. Dystopian. Dark'.

    • Go through a piece you’ve written and think about three words you’d use to describe your writing to a stranger and use these words as your tagline. If you don’t have any pieces yet, think about how you want others to view your work style and write a tagline based on that.

  • Exercise 4: Finding Your Voice by Neil Gaiman  

    • Choose an author whose writing you admire and read a few pages of their work. Now write a passage in a voice that mimics theirs, using characters, settings, and problems of your choice. What makes this author’s voice so appealing? How does it make you feel?

    • Now write a paragraph or more on any topic of your choice. Make an effort to use a voice that feels more natural to you. What sets your voice apart? What tone does it give? Do the characters and setting feel different when you write in your own voice?  

    • The type of writers that appeal to you can also reveal the type of voice you have. For fun, check out I Write Like,” a free online tool that allows you to analyze your own writing and tells you which authors you most resemble.