Developing a Voice: A Generative Workshop for All Genres with Diana Goetsch (Via Zoom)


Saturday, October 1, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


“Voice” in writing is elusive to define, yet we all know it when we hear it. And we know when writing lacks voice, or is derivative another’s voice, or otherwise fails to be distinctive as a fingerprint. It is understandable that new and emerging writers go in search of their voice. But what if, as William Stafford once suggested, “You already have a voice, and don’t need find it”? Put another way, instead of searching for your voice, what if you trained it?

This will be a practical and generative workshop in what voice is and isn’t, and how you can develop yours. We will learn how “voice” is a composite of many things: sensibilities and capacities inborn and acquired, your worldview, personal history, lexical and syntactic inclinations, the pageant of other voices we have heard, the voices we are hearing now, voices we don’t know are in us. We will learn that the emerging of our voice has as much to do with dismantling as it does with acquisition, and we can be confident that our voice will continue to emerge and evolve, organically, as we train in our craft.

NB: This is a six-week generative writing workshop for all genres. It will be taught on Zoom and capped at 20. Link will be sent to email you use to register at the time of registration and again the day before the class. Please make sure to read our course policies page regarding workshop conduct and logistics before registering for any class at HVWC. Scholarship information will be available for this class on July 15th and applications are due on August 15, 2022.

Diana Goetsch,” the poet Tony Hoagland has said, “possesses one of the most enviable gifts—the elasticity and warmth of a genuine human voice.” Diana is the author of eight collections of poems, the acclaimed memoir This Body I Wore (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2022), and numerous nonfiction features and columns. Her writing has appeared in leading journals, anthologies and newspapers including The New Yorker, Gettysburg Review, LitHub, Tricycle, The American Scholar, the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Pushcart Prize. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Grace Paley Teaching Fellowship at The New School, and the Donald Murray prize for writing pedagogy. Her website is

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Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022
Times: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Presenter: Hudson Valley Writers Center
Presenter Phone: 9143325953

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