Winter Craft Intensive: Jennifer Baker


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Distinction in Voice as a Method of Storytelling with Jennifer Baker
Sunday, January 22
10 AM – 1 PM PST/ 1 PM – 4 PM EST

Creators talk about “voice” frequently. When we think of artists like Sonia Sanchez, John Steinbeck, Helen Oyeyemi, or Gabriel García Márquez their voices are so assured, so very much theirs. But what exactly is it about voice that carries through each work? Through the reading of other voices, how do we find our own? How does the flow of one word into another through sentences or stanzas create a rhythm that’s representative of an author or specific to a narrator? In this craft intensive we’ll review works across genres to dissect how the narrative voice sounds and how POV frames a piece; what is imbued and extrapolated in the syntax, tone, and structure; and how voice helps present identity. Readings will be interspersed with the opportunity for participants to share their own writing for group discussion on the intention behind voice and the sounds we create in a particular work. 

BIO: Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional of 20 years, the creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and faculty member of the MFA program in creative nonfiction at Bay Path University. In 2019, she was named Publishers Weekly Superstar for her contributions to inclusion and representation in publishing. Jennifer is also the editor of the BIPOC-short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018) and the author of the forthcoming novel Forgive Me Not (Putnam BFYR, 2023). Her fiction, nonfiction, and criticism has appeared in various print and online publications. Her website is: