East Bend: Writers Writing - Bring Characters to Life through Mastery of Voice

Thursday, September 13, 2018
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Author Amber Keyser helps you find your character's voice.

Voice-the elusive quality that makes a character step off the page and into your life never to leave again. Voice-the mysterious something that makes Faulkner sound like Faulkner and Dr. Seuss sound like Dr. Seuss. Voice-the-I-know-it-when-I-see-it writing that agents and editors are looking for. In this hands-on workshop, Amber Keyser will explore how to create a distinctive voice through the synergy of deep character knowledge, specific conflict situations, and mastery of point-of-view.

Amber J. Keyser is a former ballerina and evolutionary biologist who writes both fiction and nonfiction for tweens and teens.
Her young adult novels include "Pointe, Claw," an explosive story about two girls claiming the territory of their own bodies, and "The Way Back From Broken," a heart-wrenching novel of loss and survival (and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award). She is the co-author with Kiersi Burkhart of the middle grade series "Quartz Creek Ranch."

Her nonfiction titles include "The V-Word," an anthology of personal essays by women about first-time sexual experiences (Rainbow List, Amelia Bloomer list, New York Public Library Best Book for Teens and Chicago Public Library Best Nonfiction for Teens) and "Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes."

Amber lives on the dry side of Oregon with her husband, two kids, four chickens, and a dog who looks like a Muppet.

Amber Keyser
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Adult Program
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Liz Goodrich | | 541-312-1032