Friday, February 18, 2011

Terry Kay Offers 'Voice' Workshop

The use of voice in creative writing is the subject of a special workshop to be offered by novelist Terry Kay on March 26 at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) in Watkinsville.

A member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and author of such best-selling novels as To Dance with the White Dog, Kay will share with beginning and established writers his experience in identifying, and refining, the "voice" of stories.

"The understanding of voice is perhaps the most difficult aspect of writing, especially in fiction," explained Kay, "because it doesn't really have a single, generally accepted definition. Ask any writer and he, or she, will give you a pretty good opinion of what voice means to him, or to her, yet you will realize that it's more speculation than explanation."

Kay's workshop will include a six-hour session, running from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 to 4 p.m. A no-cost follow-up session will be conducted at a date and place to be determined. Cost for the workshop will be $50.00 for OCAF members and $60.00 for non-members. Attendance will be limited.

"I've long wanted to fashion a workshop on the topic of voice," added Kay. "Concentration will be on the role of the writer, the character, and the reader in creating the aura that is the essence of voice. We'll spend a lot of time on the importance of rhythm and dialogue."

Kay is the author of 10 published novels, a collection of essays, and a children's book. His newest novel, “Bogmeadow’s Wish”, is scheduled for publication in March. Kay has previously conducted workshops in creative writing and screenwriting for OCAF. For a complete review of personal and professional history, Kay's website is: For additional information on this workshop and to register contact OCAF at (706) 769-4565, or visit the website
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