All About Voice

The unique style of your characters, and you!

Series 3 | Lesson 5

Creators | Leanne Hall & Shirley Marr

In this lesson, Shirley and Leanne will explain what we mean when we talk about VOICE. They’ll give us tips on how to make our characters feel and sound unique, and they’ll share some advice for finding our own writing voice too.

This lesson explores voice – both the unique voice of story characters, and the voice of the author. Students will learn how character voice and author voice can and often should differ, and will explore point-of-view in narrative story writing. They will gain strategies for creating unique character voices, and will discover some tips for finding their own individual creative voice.

Key Concepts:

  • What do we mean when we talk about voice? 
  • What is the difference between a character voice and an author voice?
  • How to make your story characters sound unique.


  • Techniques and tips for creating original character voices in a story.
  • Choosing a point of view.
  • Word choices and practical strategies for experimenting with writing style.

Resources for

All About Voice

Resources include lesson plans for middle and upper primary students, each with their own activities and supporting resources.

Series 3 Lesson 5 resources on green background
  • Reference posters that include tips for creating a unique character voice, word selection lists and examples of point-of-view.
  • Worksheets to encourage experimentation with writing voice.
  • Exploring point-of-view through well-known stories.
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About All About Voice Creators

Shirley Marr

Shirley Marr is a CBCA award-winning children’s author of ‘A Glasshouse of Stars’ and ‘All Four Quarters of the Moon’.

Her own voice novels emphasise the importance of kindness, empathy, learning through imaginative play and resilience. Her latest novel is ‘Countdown to Yesterdays’.

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Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall is an is an award-winning Australian author for young adults and children.

Her debut novel, ‘This Is Shyness’, was the winner of the Text Prize for Children's and Young Adult Writing. Her novel ‘Iris and the Tiger’, won The Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature. Her most recent YA novel, ‘The Gaps’, won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Adelaide Festival Award and the Ethel Turner Prize.

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