So not only did you teach me about writing memoir, you also taught me about reading and thinking about how others write memoir. Thank you so much! Rebecca
Showing posts with label Speakeasy Intensive Workshop. Show all posts
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Techniques to Improve Your Reading to the Public

We in the region of southwest NC and N Georgia are fortunate to have Karen Holmes teach a public speaking class at Writers Circle.

Karen has spoken at international conferences. She is experienced and comfortable standing in front of an audience, and was a student of the Speakeasy Intensive Workshop.
We could pay hundreds of dollars for a workshop similar to Karen's classes at Writers Circle.

All of us can improve our reading before an audience. Not only do we want and need to be comfortable speaking in public, we want our audience to understand us, to enjoy our reading, and we want to connect with the people who come to hear us read our work.
Although I have been studying for years the art of connecting with my audience, I want to see what others see when I stand up to speak. I want to see what I need to do to improve my presentation. With Karen's help, I know I will find out ways to make my readings better.

A publisher at a conference last year told me he doesn't like to publish books by authors who are not good readers. He even made up a booklet that he gives to his authors on how to give a good reading. Good readings sell books.

I urge any writer who has written a book or hopes to write a book and who reads before the public to take classes. No matter how terrific our writing, if we don't present it well, it will not be appreciated.

Karen Holmes' classes at Writers Circle are $30 for one class (the first one) and $50 for both classes. She will teach on Sunday afternoons, March 20 and 27, 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Please contact Karen at or Glenda Beall at with any questions.

To register by mail, send a check made to Writers Circle, 581 Chatuge Lane, Hayesville, NC 28904 - include your name, phone number and email address.