Mastering Voice: Finding the Magic Mix of Style, POV & Character

Mastering Voice: Finding the Magic Mix of Style, POV & Character

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In a crowded market, one thing can make your story stand out from Page 1: Voice. It’s what grips our attention, makes your characters and their world feel real, and signals we’re in the hands of a compelling storyteller. This OnDemand webinar draws on various forms of art and entertainment to improve your command of written voice and style; demonstrates how point-of-view choices shape characters and build suspense (and how to maximize multiple POVs in mysteries and thrillers); teaches you to hone unique voices for every character; and helps tap that elusive “it factor” agents and editors look for.


Jessica Strawser ( is a columnist at Writer’s Digest, where she was editorial director for nearly a decade. She is the author of five novels of domestic suspense and book club fiction: Almost Missed You; Not That I Could Tell (a Book of the Month selection); Forget You Know Me; A Million Reasons Why; and The Next Thing You Know, a People Magazine Pick in 2022. She is a Career Authors contributing editor, popular speaker at writing conferences across the U.S., and freelance editor and writer with bylines in The New York Times, Modern Love, Publishers Weekly, and other fine venues. She lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she served as 2019 Writer-in-Residence for the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County. 

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