Voice with Santanu Bhattacharya

A series of free workshops for writers who have just started or are planning to write a full-length fiction novel.

An image of Santanu, sitting down and facing the camera. Santanu is a light-skinned brown man with short dark hair, who wears glasses. He has a dark grey blazer and a white t-shirt beneath, and wears blue jeans. Behind him are bookshelves.

The Basics is a course designed for early-stage writers looking to make their first steps to write a novel. Spread over five weeks, the course will be run by four award-winning debut novelists and an experienced editor. Each session will standalone, so you don’t need to sign up to each one to take part. They will also be recorded so you can catch up. 

In the fourth session, Santanu Bhattacharya, author of One Small Voice, will cover the basics of voice for a fiction novel. He will discuss what writers mean by voice and how he developed his novel. There will also be a series of exercises to help you consider and craft the voice you use in your novel. 

A note about this being free

This workshop is free to you. We ask that you only book a space if you are committed to attending. By doing this, you are supporting Spread the Word to continue to offer free workshops. If you have booked a place and can no longer attend, please get in touch to cancel your place on [email protected]. If you only want to receive the recording of this workshop, and don’t plan to attend, please do not sign up, but email us and we’ll send you the link.

Access Notice 

  • If you require BSL interpretation to take part, please email us at [email protected] by 29 May and we’ll try to secure BSL interpretation for you. Spread the Word will cover this cost.

  • We’ll send through any reading seven days in advance. We can create adapted handouts to writers attending our workshops and events by request.

  • If you have additional access needs or questions, please email us on [email protected]

About Santanu

Santanu Bhattacharya

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Santanu Bhattacharya is the author of One Small Voice (Fig Tree), which was chosen as an Observer Best Debut Novel for 2023, and has been longlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award. He is the winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize Residency, the Mo Siewcharran Prize, the Life Writing Prize, and a London Writers’ Award. His second novel Deviants will be published in 2025. He grew up in India, and now lives in London.