We all want to read our work in front of an audience, right? To make it a positive experience, there are a few things to remember. The first is to practice! Print out your piece and read it out loud. Read it in front of a mirror, read it to your animals, read it to anyone who will listen. The second thing is to time yourself and get your story well within the allotted time. This is a mantra of the TWS Reading Series: never, ever go over time! As you read, remember to take a deep breath and slow down. It’s difficult to listen to someone who is reading at warp speed. Try to look at your audience and engage with them–this is supposed to be fun. Practice, breathe, read clearly and slowly…and sign up to read at an upcoming TWS reading!
Post by 2011’s intrepid TWS Reading Series hostesses Esmeralda Cabral and Jennifer Irvine (TWS 2010, x 2).
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.