Presenters: Debra Jo Immergut, Jessica Shattuck, Marisa Silver
Moderator: Glen Young
When a writer can successfully employ multiple and varied narrative voices to tell a complete story, it can be awe-inspiring. That moment when the reader believes, without question, that the narrators have each been born of a different pen is an accomplishment of the highest order. No longer is the story simply being read; it is being lived. We aren't being told what a character thinks or how a character feels by an omniscient narrator, or by another character. Instead, we experience the story alongside each character, granting us sundry perspectives as we view the narrative more completely. One can't help but wonder about the unique challenges to this writing process and how a writer makes the decision to tell a story with multiple voices from the start.