Reading for an Audience

An audience comes to a reading to hear a writer’s work, but they also want to be moved and entertained. People buy books at a reading because they like what they hear. In this workshop, you’ll learn about pacing and rhythm and breathing.

It sounds simple, but breathing is the first thing we forget when under stress. You’ll learn to project your voice and how to read as if you were speaking to the audience instead of glued to the words on the page. You’ll also learn the value of practicing out loud. And then practicing again and again so that you trust your material. We’ll work on how to introduce a piece and bring your audience into the space of the writing with the introduction. We’ll talk about how to keep a sense of humor and how to enjoy interaction with your audience. Out loud practice will be a part of the workshop.

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