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Voices within Voices: On Polyphony

Michael David Lukas

  • Starts May 20
  • 160 US dollars
  • Page Street Co-Working Space

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Class Description

Writers often speak about "voice" in quasi-mystical terms. And with good reason. Voice is what grabs you and makes you keep reading when you should be sleeping or eating or walking the dog. But how does voice actually work? What are its various components and how can we put them to use in our own writing? In this class, we will examine two fundamental concepts related to voice: interiority and polyphony. Reading work by authors such as Mohsin Hamid, Jennifer Egan, Zadie Smith, Sigrid Nunez, and Jesmyn Ward, we will dig into a wide variety of voices, looking at how they work, and how we can best craft our own. Instructor bio: Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, a student at the American University of Cairo, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. His second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, won the Sami Rohr Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, the Prix Interallié for Foreign Fiction, and the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, he is a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Elizabeth George Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review. He lives in Oakland and teaches at San Francisco State University.

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Because class size is limited, refunds are not given unless we can fill your spot.

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