Maintaining Voice in Fiction

Both authors and characters have unique voices that reflect their identities, experiences, and personalities. At every level, this voice is ultimately what makes each manuscript interesting and unique. During the editing process, however, more cooks are invited into the kitchen. What can we, as editors, do to provide feedback in a way that inspires writers to maintain their voice even while making revisions? And how can we, as writers, respond to editorial feedback in a way that still feels true to our voice? Join us for a presentation and conversation with author and writing educator J. M. Lee, in which we’ll discuss the editorial process specifically as it relates to maintaining voice in fiction.

How to Attend This Event

MEMBERS: All PEN members will receive the access link for this meeting ahead of the event date—no registration required. However, registering does help us know how many attendees to expect.

NONMEMBERS: Registration is required to attend this meeting and closes two hours before the start of the event. Nonmembers may attend up to two free Professional Editors Network meetings before becoming a member, but access to recordings of our meetings is an exclusive benefit of PEN membership.

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May 14, 2024


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Online Event


  • J. M. Lee
    J. M. Lee

    J. M. Lee is a Minneapolis writer best known for his work within the world of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal, for which he has written novels, television, and other official extended universe material. His most recent novel, The Nightland Express, is out now from Erewhon Books.