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Monte Schulz

Voice and Style

Finding voice and style in your work

Monday - Friday
1:00-3:30 PM
El Monte

This is a workshop about finding the right voice or style to fit your story or novel or poem. Writers are most known for how they tell a story, rather than the tale itself. Style is how we as writers present ourselves to the world.

Message to Students

All I ask of my students is that they try to write the best they can. There’s no reward in striving to be mediocre, no matter what genre you choose. If it’s your first time attending the conference, find a workshop environment that feels helpful and comfortable. Don’t worry about doing everything. Mingle as best you can, though, and remember that a conference is a society of people like yourself who are in love with the written word.


Monte Schulz, who has been a writer for over forty years, published his first novel in 1990. He then spent ten years writing a thousand page novel of the Jazz Age that was published in three parts by Fantagraphics Books (2009–2012). Schulz’s most recent projects include his novel Crossing Eden, published in 2015, and “Seraphonium,” an album and live performance, for which he served as composer, songwriter, and producer. Schulz has been teaching at SBWC since 2001 and became the conference’s owner in 2010.

Writing Tip I Live By

There is no such thing as writer’s block.Try to write a page a day. If that doesn’t work, do half a page. Anything is better than nothing.

Recommended Authors

H.G.Wells, Ray Bradbury, Carl Sandburg,Thomas Wolfe,Truman Capote, Flannery O’Connor, James Jones, Allen Ginsburg, Joan Didion, Larry Brown and Cormac McCarthy. Schulz’s favorite novel is Carson McCullers’ The Member Of The Wedding.