What does reading out loud have to do with story writing? Pete Court will explain why it’s a great way to help with final editing, along with other great tips to help you present your story in the best possible way.
Watching these videos and doing the associated exercises will help you to write your story of faith and testimony. Now you can either submit it, or hang on to that draft if you’ll like personalised feedback for our editors. Information on how to submit drafts online still to come.
Will your story be on our 2020 Stories of Life anthology? We hope so. Whether you submit it now or later, please make sure you send in your story by 31 July. Faith is precious, especially in dark times. Don’t waste the light.
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 GeckoRenewal. 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.‘An Unlikely Rescuer’ by Amy Ireland
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.)
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.
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.
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.)
James Cooper is Head of Creative Writing at Tabor College, Adelaide, where he has taught writing for over ten years. An active writer of both fiction and poetry, James’ work has been published in journals both locally and overseas. He has edited and co-edited numerous anthologies, including Tales from the Upper Room and the Stories of Life collections. His YA novel Never Let Go was shortlisted in 2016 for the Text Prize.
The 2021 anthology, The labyrinth and other stories of life, out now.