Drama and Creative Writing

Can you hear me now? Crafting voice in Creative Writing

Nottingham Contemporary Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB
Thursday 30th April 2020 (09:00-17:00)
For more information or any other queries, please contact Amy van Kesteren at Amy.VanKesteren@nottingham.ac.uk.
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Call for participation!

Can you hear me now?  Crafting voice in Creative Writing ...   

As a term in literary theory, ‘voice’ is tangled in a range of ideas concerning human presence: the question of authorial intent, the way an author’s cultural identity shapes meaning, the writer behind the character, the nexus between the real and represented.

In both writing and reading voice, we have access to a diverse range of voices, and we are caught up in the question: who is speaking? We hear the loss of voice, of the silenced and marginalised. Voices of the past speak up, voices from the present cry out. The future of voice, in a digital era, is placed at the heart of storytelling through the revelation of audiobooks, podcasts and dramatized audio recordings, connecting human voice and writing more than ever before.

This one day symposium will focus on the notion of voice, with discussions that might include, but are not limited to:

  • Narrative voice
  • Voice in life writing
  • Marginalised, displaced or silenced voices
  • Voice in resurrecting memory
  • Conflicting or unreliable voices / narrators
  • Live storytelling in theatre and folk tales
  • Human voice and recorded storytelling

Those interested in participating in this event are invited to submit abstracts (no more than 250 words) for 20 minute papers to the organiser, Amy van Kesteren: aexacva@nottingham.ac.uk. Abstracts should be sent as a word document, with name and affiliation included. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday 20th January 2020.

Participants will be notified by 20th February 2020 and registration will be open from this date.

Drama and Creative Writing

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