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13th August 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


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Voice is about finding out who you are and the unique way in which you – and only you – can tell your story.

Writers need to develop a narrative with a strong, unique voice and in this online masterclass, author Jess Kidd will ask the big questions about how to develop this. What is ‘voice’? Why does it matter so much to literary agents and editors? How you can identify and develop your own voice? How can you make sure your voice is authentic, and your style remains appropriate for your audience?

In answering these questions Jess will provide insight into her own writing techniques, while she'll also encourage attendees to participate in practical exercises that allow you to reflect on your own work.

Speaker profile

Jess Kidd was brought up in London as part of a large family from County Mayo. Her first novel, Himself, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards in 2016 and she was the winner of the Costa Short Story Award in the same year. In 2017, Himself was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger. Her second novel, The Hoarder, was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award in association with Listowel Writers’ Week’. Both books were BBC Radio 2 Book Club picks.

Event details

This is an online event which will be presented using video conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided in advance of the event and the W&A Team will be on hand to help with any technical questions before, and throughout the event.

After presenting for one hour, Jess will take questions for thirty minutes. You're invited to send any questions ahead of the event to Questions must be submitted by midnight 11th August, and please use the subject line 'Jess Kidd event question'.

Booking details

The event price is £20 (inc. VAT) with proceeds going to Book Aid International

Please do contact us if you have any questions about attending the event by calling 0207 631 5985 or by sending an email to

If this event is sold out, please look out for other writing courses by visiting our Events homepage.

About Book Aid International

Book Aid International works in partnership with libraries in communities where books are scarce. The charity provides new books, resources and training to support environments in which reading for pleasure, study and lifelong learning can flourish. The charity’s vision is of vibrant libraries, inspired readers and empowered communities. 

Book Aid International partners with local library services and communities to provide safe, engaging spaces to access books and reading. Visit for more information.


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