Finding Your Voice by Pete Court

Finding Your Voice might seem to be more suited to a singing class than a writing competition. But, your voice is what distinguishes your story from every other story on the planet, and makes it worth telling.

Your voice is not something mythical or hard to find. In this ten-minute video, Pete Court, Creative Writing lecturer at Tabor, gives us practical steps on how to find our voice.


Pete read several examples from our 2017 anthology, The Gecko Renewal. These stories were also selected for broadcast over 1079 Life over the Australian summer of 2017/18. You can listen to their entire story below, which is a great way to experience each writer’s voice.Gecko on Bookcover‘An Unlikely Rescuer’ by Amy Ireland


‘Encountered’ by Yvonne Smuts




  1. Read the the story that you wrote after watching ‘Getting Started’ by Dr James Cooper.
  2. Think of who one other person present at the event. How would your story differ from his or her recount of that event? This would include details you noticed and emotions you experienced. (If there was no one else present, put an imaginary friend, or even your dog, at the scene.)
  3. What is the feeling you want to convey?
    • Which parts of your story convey that feeling? Expand on it and see if it improves the story.
    • Which parts of your story do not contribute to that feeling? Remove it and see if it improves the story.
  4. Read the modified story out loud to check if it makes sense and reads smoothly. Adjust as necessary – wow, there you have it. A story told in your unique voice! Well done.

Stories of Life is so more than a writing competition. We exist to help people of faith to tell their stories well, and to provide a platform for the best of those stories. Check out our 2019 anthology, Papa’s Shoes and other stories of life.

The 2019 Stories of Life anthology

Will our 2020 anthology have your story in it? We hope so. Keep up with our writing videos in order to get your Story of Life submission ready for Feedback Month in June – personalized feedback on your story draft before submission closes on 31 July. (Details to follow. No fee for requesting feedback.)




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