Write It Down, Speak It Out: Finding your voice in writing and reading your work.

Why do some writers who get up to read what they’ve written start by apologizing for their work? Why do some readers put their heads down and mumble quickly through their prose or poetry? Why do some open mic participants go over the time limit in a venue and get frustrated when they get cut off mid-sentence? What keeps writers silent – afraid to submit and/or read their work, even if they long to share it and see it published?

This workshop is designed to help writers showcase their work by reading it well. You don’t have to be a trained actor or experienced public speaker to read what you write in a clear and effective way. Even if you feel shy about reading in public, it’s a skill you can develop and improve with practice. If you care enough to write something down and then have the courage to stand up to share it, you are already a winner! So make sure you take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available to present your work at open mic sessions or any public readings.

We will do some writing with prompts and then work on how to best present your words. We’ll look at how to prepare your reading materials to make you look polished and confident and read smoothly without juggling papers or fumbling with materials. We’ll talk about time limits and rehearsing your material. We’ll discuss ways to make your presentation special – costumes, props, accents, artwork, music accompaniment, or ???? Be creative and have fun! You know the meaning and intent of your writing so you are the best one to read it and communicate it to others.

It’s also good to be a supportive member of a writing community. When you attend an open mic night or a public reading, be a good listener and a responsive member of the audience. Tips about finding and participating in writing events will be discussed as a great opportunity to network and to give and receive support. Reading events are great ways to network and connect with others in your writing community. Find a critique group, a social group, maybe a partnership with a like-minded writer. The possibilities are endless!


About the Writer

Robin Hill-Page Glanden was born and raised in Delaware and holds a Bachelors degree in Theatre Arts Education with a concentration in English/Journalism.

Robin is a member of the Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

She spent 20 years in Philadelphia, New York City and Los Angeles working as an actress and musician and in the business end of the entertainment industry.  While living in Los Angeles, she studied in the UCLA Writers Program, wrote articles for local LA publications and co-wrote a screenplay on the life of silent film star Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.  Robin also worked on books with various Los Angeles authors as a copy editor.  Now as a freelance writer and copy editor, she writes magazine articles, fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.  She has had short stories published in two anthologies and she writes non-fiction stories for the Mysterious Ways, one of the Guideposts nationally distributed magazines. She is active in public prose and poetry readings and she performs music/spoken word pieces with her husband and partner in rhythm and rhyme, Kenny.

Written by Tery Griffin