How NOT to Sound like a Writer: Coaching and Tips for Reading Aloud with Professional Actor Anne Buelteman (10/1, Saturday)

Instructor: Anne Buelteman
Number of sessions: 1
Meeting time: Saturday,  10am-1pm  OR  2pm-5pm
Dates: October 1

Course fee: $55

To register, contact the instructor. All deposits are non-refundable.

Description: It’s on your calendar – that event you agreed to attend and read from your latest work. Should be no problem, right?  You read it to your  wife/boyfriend your /boyfriend/landlady/gardener/dog, didn’t you?

How hard could it be to read to a crowd of eager fans and new friends?

Reading your work aloud isn’t just a vanity exercise. Being a compelling reader is a valuable skill every writer needs for building confidence and connection with your audience.

So, just in case you’re not feeling convinced that the local literary aficionados will be as fascinated as your cat was, this is the class for you – a special 3-hour session with a professional stage actor, limited to 6 participants.

This is not an acting lesson. Most of us are not comfortable if we feel we are “acting”.  You became a writer because you have something to say – usually some story or topic to which you have some personal connection. This connection is what engages an audience, whether reading or listening to you read.  In addition to general tips on vocal production, technique, and energy, you will be given coaching on whatever copy you bring  to class, to locate those personal connections, whether humorous, tragic, intellectual, sensual, whatever.  The truth of that connection is more compelling than any “acting” you might do.  You may even surprise yourself, finding threads in your own work of which you may not have been fully conscious.

Space is limited.  Sign up now and gain a valuable tool that will help you promote yourself and your point of view or story, as well as giving you a more relaxed event, this time, and the next.

Assignments: None.  Bring the copy your’re preparing to read aloud. This is a single 3-hour group coaching session that may require you to take part of the time to practice what you’re working on.

Note: class size limited!

Instructor Bio: Anne Buelteman is a professional actor and sometime writer whose acting career, not always distinguished, has at least the virtue of spanning decades. After working with TheatreWorks, A. C. T., San Jose Civic Light Opera and three seasons with the San Francisco Opera Chorus,  she wrote, produced and starred in a one-woman show entitled Opera Without Fear at the Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco. This was followed by a number of years on the Broadway national tour of Les Miserables, her journals from which experience she has turned into a manuscript entitled Road Kill: Tales of a National Tour. Her writing has appeared in an anthology of essays, Single Woman of a Certain Age, and on Huffington Post.