Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Vocal Exercises: Developing and Refining Your Voice with Cheryl Klein

Date(s) - 01/13/2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing, Room 106
5998 Alcalá Park, West Campus - San Diego, CA 92110

Intensive with Cheryl Klein, editorial director at Lee and Low Books

Vocal Exercises: Developing & Refining Your Voice 


Intensive is FULL. We are in the midst of accepting final participants off the wait list in the order registrations are received (including online and postmarked). Confirmation notices with info on what to bring will be sent the evening of Wed, Dec. 10.


“Voice is the oxygen of a novel, often invisible to the reader – and even more, to the writer – and yet suffusing every sentence on the page,” Klein explains. In this three-hour intensive workshop for novelists, we’ll talk about both the technical and soulful aspects of voice. Beyond discussions of tense and person, we’ll examine pacing, diction, syntax, dialect, tone, and other elements that you can develop or adjust within your manuscript. We’ll pay attention to the differences between middle-grade and YA voice, and try multiple hands-on exercises to explore what we’re learning. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have new techniques in hand to make the voice of your novel more distinctive, pleasurable, and ultimately useful to your narrative purpose.

Participants should bring the following to the Intensive from their novel in progress:

A full dramatized scene

A longish narrated passage (two or three paragraphs is fine)

Materials to revise/rewrite with (a laptop or printouts + a notebook + a writing instrument)

Cheryl Klein is editorial director at Lee & Low Books. Prior to her work at Lee & Low, Klein spent 16 years at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she published a wide array of acclaimed titles for children, teenagers, and discerning adults, and served as the continuity editor for the last two Harry Potter books. Klein is the author of The Magic Words and Second Sight. She can be found online at

Registration is available online or you can send your name, email, phone, and the name of the Intensive along with a check made out to SCBWI to:

SCBWI San Diego

P.O. Box 799

Spring Valley, CA 91976