PENCON 2023 Video
Holding on to the Author’s Voice – Cindy Sproles
As a writer of Appalachian historical fiction, Cindy Sproles knows that vernacular is vital to the story and the voice of the author. In this session, she will discuss how and when to take the step to change vernacular, and how it will impact the author’s story—even when it may be grammatically incorrect. As editors, this can be a nails-scraping-on-the-blackboard moment, when we must allow what is best for the story over what our analytical editorial minds insist. We will open discussion for thoughts on when too much vernacular weighs down the story and how to trim it so the author’s voice is maintained and the story soars.